David Beckham will be the first man to appear solo on the cover of Marie Claire. "That's what made me want to do it," said Beckham. "Because I'm the first man ever to go on the cover. I was like wow' I was so excited about doing the shoot." The issue will go on sale on May 3, alongside an exclusive interview ­ the only one to be given to a women's magazine before the World Cup. Editor Marie O'Riordan says: "When it came to putting a man on Marie Claire's cover for the first time, there was only one candidate: David Beckham. He represents something for every woman: father, husband, footballer, icon. In a word, he's the ultimate hero." Publishing director Rita Lewis said: "When you are faced with the opportunity of breaking all front cover rules by putting such an icon on the cover then the rules must go. "Along with the rest of the team I am proud that Beckham chose Marie Claire." {{CTN }}