A smitten pensioner believes his 66-year-old wife is the most beautiful woman in the world.

Richard Freemantle commented on a report about Yael Shelbia being named the best-looking lass on the planet.

While he agreed the Israeli model is “attractive”, he thinks his spouse Christine should have the top spot instead.

The loved-up man, from Portsmouth, Hants, tweeted: “She is attractive but still not as beautiful as my wife.

“She is 66, just getting her pension.”

His comment went viral when it was shared on Facebook and Twitter, receiving thousands of likes and comments.

Richard Freemantle was full of adorable compliments for his wife on social media

Richard was branded a “gentleman”, “real man” and an absolute “cutie”.

One commenter gushed: “Aw look at that really sweet stuff to see."

Another said: "Wait that's really wholesome omg."

A third wrote: "Good man, marry the right woman and you'll always adore her."

And a fourth added: "This is weirdly endearing. Get a man who loves you as much as this man loves his wife."

Yael Shelbia won an award for having the "most beautiful face"
She was chuffed to scoop the prestigious prize

While Christine is the most beautiful woman in Richard’s life, Yael Shelbia won the prestigious TC Candler '100 Most Beautiful Faces of the Year’ gong at the fourth time of asking.

The teen, who is currently carrying out mandatory military service with the air force, told local media: “I’ve never come first at anything, it’s very nice.”

Shelbia, a model, has fronted numerous national campaigns - and this is not the first time she has rated highly in the competition.

She has shot up the rankings in recent years, placing 14th in 2017, 3rd in 2018 and 2nd last year, before taking the top spot in 2020.