Soccer superstar David Beckham pays a hairdresser $2,500 (GBP1,500) to cut his hair each week, despite only having 3mm trimmed off each time.

The Real Madrid ace flies out his longtime barber BEN COOKE from London to Madrid, Spain for the weekly session.

And 28-year-old David - who is married to pop singer VICTORIA BECKHAM - doesn't even have his mop styled because he's growing his hair.

An insider says, "Ben isn't just a pal of the Beckhams. He is more like a family member.

"He is allowed into their inner sanctum, where hardly anyone else if trusted. He even sings old Spice Girls hits in karaoke bars with Victoria."

15/12/2003 13:36