David Beckham has confirmed his plans to return to MLS after starting a new franchise in Miami. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder will be able to start this franchise at heavily discounted price of $ 25 million, as it was included as part of his contract when he signed for LA Galaxy in 2007.
Beckham played in MLS for five years from 2007 to 2012. During this period, the profile of the league improved immensely and it now boasts of players like Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane amongst others.
Beckham has said that he has finally decided to enter into football ownership after being interested in such a project for a long time. He has joined with two other investors, but it is the 38-year-old will be making the important decisions. He has come a long way since he was selling man utd t-shirts.
There are also rumours that NBA star Lebron James, who is a friend of Beckham, is expected to put some money into the project. Beckham has revealed that the next phase of the project will be to plan and build the stadium. He says that the city of Miami now appears ready for a football club.
The city already has several other sports franchises. A soccer team existed in Miami 10 years ago, but it is expected that numerous stars will arrive this time around.
“This is an exciting time for myself, family and friends. We’re really looking forward to bringing this to Miami.
There was a team here 10 years ago but going forward I wanted to create a team that’s very personal. I want to make it my own team. Miami is a vibrant city with a lot of passion. I know it’s ready for football and this will be successful. I’m committed to this league and I’m committed to this sport,” said Beckham.