Major League Soccer

David Beckham discusses possibility of Inter Miami signing Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi

Jamie Spencer
Mar 1, 2021, 1:15 PM GMT
David Beckham has answered questions about Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi
David Beckham has answered questions about Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi | Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham has said that his club would welcome the opportunity to sign global stars like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in the future, acknowledging the demand for big names and confirming he ‘aspires’ to make it happen if they are the right fit.

Inter Miami are heading into their second MLS season, with an expectation that the club will improve on a debut year in 2020 that saw them finish 10th out of 14 in the Eastern Conference and 19th in the overall regular season table.

Messi & Ronaldo have been linked with twilight moves to Inter Miami
Messi & Ronaldo have been linked with twilight moves to Inter Miami | David Ramos/Getty Images

Ronaldo and Messi have both often been linked with moves to Major League Soccer in the twilight of their respective careers, and Miami could be an attractive destination for either.

Even though Beckham is keen for his club to develop homegrown players, which was a path that shaped his own career in the youth ranks at Manchester United, he is well aware of the appeal of high-profile players and the positive impact they can have. He was once one himself in MLS.

"I have said from day one that our academy system is a massive part of this club and if we can bring players through here that have lived and breathed Inter Miami then that is the goal. But we also know that being in Miami, our fans want to see the big stars,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

"We already have players like Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi who add to the glitz and glamour but also going forward we want to have the opportunity to bring some great names in.

Beckham 'aspires' to bring big names to Inter Miami
Beckham 'aspires' to bring big names to Inter Miami | Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/Getty Images

"Leo and Cristiano have been mentioned [by the media]. They have been at the top of their game and been the best for the last 15 years because of hard work. There is very little luck behind it.

“The player has to be right for the team, still have ambition and want to win. So whatever player we talk to, we have to make sure that is a priority. Of course, we always want to bring in great players. Miami is a great pull for anyone and those kinds of players are who we aspire to bring here.”

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