David Beckham and the mysterious case of the disappearing bulge

Last updated at 07:42 10 January 2008

David Beckham's legion of fans - both male and female - may be a little disappointed with his latest advert for fashion house Armani.

The 32-year-old turned underwear model was again dressed in the tight underwear which caused a veritable furore when first seen, but on this occasion failed to make quite the same impression.

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David looked somewhat less impressive in a pair of black underwear in comparison to the earlier pictures of the star, which were so striking they caused onlookers to debate whether the pictures had been enhanced.

But when asked if the images had been tampered with to give Beckham a greater appeal, his spokesperson was less than forthcoming, and replied with a simple: "No comment."

The England star has signed up to a three-year deal with the Italian underwear giant, reportedly worth £20 million.

Last night David was spotted arriving at Number Ten in his shiny black Bentley for a secret meeting with Gordon Brown.