With Messi and Ronaldo?
David Beckham’s dream comes true with an MLS club in Miami – and soon stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could wear the Miami jersey.
Miami is soccer crazy! And not only since David Beckham was awarded the contract for an MLS club in town. The residents wear Real Madrid or FC Barcelona jerseys as often as the NFL team Dolphins.
The first Clasico in the USA took place in Miami this summer – and was sold out. The two top teams from Spain could also play a role in Beckham’s dreams – two players from the Spanish giants.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“Cristiano Ronaldo? That’s what they have to ask him,”said Beckham, referring to a commitment by the Portuguese world footballer. But Lionel Messi himself gave a hint that his future might lie in Miami.
“I hope everything goes well with your new project and your first steps,”says Messi in a video message,”and who knows, maybe you’ll call me in a few years.”
Ronaldo and Messi in one team? That would be a dream for many football fans in Miami.
Ronaldo could move to Florida towards the end of his career. The Beckham club, for which a stadium for 25,000 spectators is to be built, will probably not participate in the game until 2020 at the earliest.
Ronaldo would then come pretty close to the end of his sporting career – and the European champion would be in good company in Miami.
Beckham’s dream is to imitate the youth work of his ex-club Manchester United – he himself belonged to the legendary “class of 1992”, which won the final of the Champions League against Bayern Munich in 1999. Some big names are still coming to Miami, though.
But “many other top players have already called me – of course we need some stars. There are so many names. I would love to see her play here”.
In addition to Messi, sprint Olympic champion Usain Bolt was also involved. He even made an application:”If you need a striker, I’m your man!”
Beckham knows exactly how stars from Europe could push his club, for which there is no name, no colour or logo, forward – he himself was once in the same role.
“The league has grown enormously – and much of it can be traced back to the day David arrived,”said MLS commissioner Don Garber at the announcement of Beckham’s project.
Beckham was one of the first world-famous footballers to sign a contract with MLS in 2007. The long-time captain of the English national team played for Los Angeles Galaxy until 2012.
Many stars followed the 42-year-old today – albeit many of them only in the autumn of his career. World champion Bastian Schweinsteiger signed for another season with Chicago Fire. Beckham knows the market in Europe and the needs of the stars and could thus become a decisive factor in the career planning of many top players.
With Beckham, the popularity of the league and football grew in the USA, which, apart from American football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey, continues to have a difficult position – except in Miami. Then Beckham’s passion got more fire.