What is true is that people of merit do derive great pleasure from being rewarded for standards above the norm in their chosen occupation or charitable activities.
In sport high achievers or people who produce to allow others to gain pleasure from sport can move up the honours list to eventual Knighthood or Dame (hood?)
Football has a restricted list of those that achieved Knighthoods and apart from world cup winners the standard is so high great men of the game such as Bill Shankly and Bill Nicholson failed to make the honoured ranks.
Now this labour government anxious to collect votes and look cool appear to be proposing a knighthood for David Beckham? Why?