Beckham paid tribute to Thatcher after Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League exit to Barcelona on Wednesday night, describing her as “an amazing figurehead”.
He said: "It's a sad moment for the country, she was a strong and passionate lady. Whatever you thing about her on the political side she was a lady that was looked on around the world as an amazing figurehead for our country for many years.
"My thoughts and the whole country's thoughts go to the family. They are the ones in pain at the moment. She was a very strong lady."
The Iron Lady’s death has been met with a cool reception within the game, and teams will not observe a minute’s silence for the country’s first female Prime Minister.
Sir Bobby went further, describing the Conservative leader as “sensational” during the Falklands War.
He said: “She was a great leader of men, absolutely first class and there is every reason why it should be recorded, what she has done. Football wasn’t her main theme and wasn’t exactly in her thoughts a lot of the time, but she did notice it was important to people.
"I think she was just sensational during the period when the Falklands War was on. This lady, this was some strong cookie. You could never say she was not positive, but at the same time, the unions maybe had an effort (the miners’ strike) that was guided by Margaret Thatcher. They maybe thought they were badly done to - which may be an understatement. But she was such a great person and great leader."