When a football legend made a surprise visit by landing his helicopter on the football pitch in a small village in Powys, it made national headlines.

Now it’s been revealed that David Beckham was filming an advert for a luxury men’s grooming range at one of Wales’ most picturesque natural landmarks near Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant.

In the atmospheric black and white advert for L’Oreal’s skincare range Acquapower from Biotherm Homme, it shows the multi-millionaire riding through a city on a vintage motorbike then races along the rugged landscape of Wales.

He takes in the dramatic scenery by riding on the winding roads of the Great Orme coast in Llandudno then onto Mid Wales to the iconic dam at Lake Vyrnwy and the waterfall near Llanrhaeadr.

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The skincare advert shows Lake Vyrnwy as Mr Beckham rides along the dam.

David Beckham’s journey comes to an end when he reaches Pistyll Rhaeadr where he poses topless, washes his face in the water then admires the view. 

The video was posted on social media by film company Flying Glass which said: “A rather damp shoot in Wales led to some lovely moody shots for this commercial.”

The filming took place in September 2017 during which the global megastar took to Instagram to share a photo of the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfalls – captioned “Ridiculously beautiful” – with his 40 million followers at the time. 

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'Ridiculously beautiful' Pistyll Rhaeadr (Image: Instagram/@davidbeckham)

Beckham also paid a not-so-discreet visit to Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant during his brief stay in Mid Wales when he landed in a private helicopter on the village football club’s pitch.

When rumours of the star’s shock arrival in the village hit social media, Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant Football Club joked on Twitter: “Terms all agreed. Contract signed. Only the small issue of international clearance.”

Beckham even delayed his departure to spend time taking photographs with the crowds that gathered around the helicopter.

Harri Matthews shared his own picture with Mr Beckham on Twitter with the caption: “I can now say David Beckham smells like an absolute angel.”