Waddle branded Beckham â€” who has won 24 trophies in a glittering 20-year career â€” as â€śgood but not greatâ€ť.
He told The Sun: â€śYou can go down a list of footballers since the Premier League and I donâ€™t think Beckham would probably be in the first 1,000.
â€śI would say he has been a good player, I wouldnâ€™t put him down as a great.â€ť
Waddle added: â€śI think there have been a lot more talented players in the world, but he made the most of what he has got.
â€śHe has got a terrific image and used it very well. He never had a trick, wasnâ€™t particularly quick, but he was very good at set-pieces and deliveries, he made chances and made goals and was fantastic for clubs.
â€śHe said the right things, he sold shirts, he put money in the tills wherever he went and conducted himself well.
â€śAs a player I would say he was a fantastic crosser of the ball, a great athlete.
â€śNow people will be talking about him and saying â€™how great, how greatâ€™. I would say â€™how goodâ€™.â€ť