David Beckham's 5 greatest PR stunts: Harry Styles crotch grab, photobombs, and public nudity

David Beckham has joined the Paris-Saint Germain soccer team, and announced he will donate his entire five-month salary to a local children's charity. Becks and his wife, fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, have a history of philanthropy toward children, but some still call the Paris move a PR stunt. If it is, it's one of the greatest kinds of PR stunts -- the kind where no one loses. 

Here are 5 more win-win publicity stunts involving Becks, and who benefited most:

david-beckham-outdoor-underwear-campaign-hm.jpgDavid was just innocently shooting an ad campaign promoting his H&M underwear line on a public street in Beverly Hills when a tour bus full of snap-happy celeb spotters randomly happened upon him, half-naked in the bushes. The photos went viral on the web forthwith.

WINNERS: Beckham's underwear profits, the tour bus company, happy tourists, people with Internet access


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H&M also  erected 10-foot statues of an underwear-clad Beckham in major cities across the U.S. and launched a corresponding photo contest. As one might imagine, many felt compelled to molest the well-endowed figures and capture the moment on camera for all of Twitter to see. 

To be fair, the crotch-grabbers were simply following in the footsteps of Harry Styles, whose friend Nick Grimshaw tweeted the photo below on Valentine's Day (along with an apology to Victoria in the caption).

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WINNERS: Beckham's underwear profits, H&M shopping spree recipients, Styles/Beckham crossover fans


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As part of an Adidas campaign to promote the 2012 British Olympic Team, Becks photobombed sports fans who thought they were simply posing for a promotional photo booth. Adidas got plenty of air time with the video footage depicting fans' reactions that ranged from happy shock to uncontrollable sobbing.

WINNERS: Adidas' image, Team Great Britain, unsuspecting sports fans


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In yet another move on behalf of Becks' underwear line, H&M projected gigantic images of David in his tighty-whities across the famed White Cliffs of Dover, the legendary landmark on the English Channel.

WINNERS: Beckham's underwear profits, British tourism, people within eyesight of Dover


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An Italian TV host donned rubber gloves to publicly cop a feel of David's crotch in attempt to prove or disprove Victoria's claims that her husband needed no stuffing for his eye-popping Armani underwear ads.

WINNERS: Uh ... No comment
Photo/Video credit: H&M / Twitter / YouTube