Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and Wales legend Gareth Bale are among the footballers to have been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in her Platinum Jubilee Honours list.
The Queen will become the first monarch in British history to complete 70 years on the throne this weekend and will honour 1,000 people for their services in celebration.
On that list are several figures in the world of football, with ex-England international Ferdinand the headline name. The 43-year-old will receive an OBE for his activism and charity work, with his namesake foundation aiming to support young people in disadvantaged communities.
Bale, who announced his departure from Real Madrid on Wednesday, will receive a MBE for his services to football and charity. The Welshman won his fifth Champions League title last weekend and can lead his country to their first World Cup since 1958 if they beat Ukraine on Sunday.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner has been honoured with a MBE for his charity work, with his foundation promoting healthy recreation for young people and providing financial assistance for those in need.
Watford legend Luther Blissett and Manchester City icon Mike Summerbee have been honoured with OBEs, while former England captain Carol Thomas will receive a BEM.
Source : 90min