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Report: David Beckham aims to bring superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Miami

Feb 17, 2014, 7:54 AM EDT


Take these reports with a pinch of salt, or in fact a large dose of it.

But regardless of its plausibility, it’s hard not to get excited about the potential for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo heading to Miami in 2017 and signing for David Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise.

Just think about it… A match made in heaven?

According to various reports across Europe, plans for Beckham to bring in Ronaldo as Miami’s first player have been revealed, as the Portuguese superstar and reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner would come to MLS on a massive Designated Player contract when Miami arrive. With Becks and his business partners desperate to make Miami a success, it seems like bringing in Ronaldo would instantly give the team worldwide recognition. Plus, it would add to Miami’s list of sporting superstars, as Ronaldo would rub shoulders with LeBron and co. to help MLS burst onto the scene in South Florida and beyond.

(MORE: Ronaldo wins 2013 Ballon d’Or, crowned world’s best player)

Like I suggested, plenty of these rumors will crop up between now and 2017 when Miami are expected to enter MLS, but let’s look at the facts.

Right now 29-year-old Ronaldo has a contract that runs until 2018 with Real and by the time Miami are about to enter MLS, he will be in his early 30’s. That’s the exact same time Beckham left Real Madrid to join MLS and the Galaxy, as the duo’s career paths have taken extremely similar paths. Like Beckham, Ronaldo turned up at Old Trafford as a teenager and under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, they both won every domestic and European honor on offer while playing for United. Becks then switched Manchester for Madrid, which is also what Ronaldo has done and both had flourished (Ronaldo arguably more so) in the Spanish capital for Real.

(MORE: Ronaldo helps out young fan in Miami, after he ran on the pitch to hug Madrid superstar)

Now, it seems, Ronaldo could be heading Stateside with Beckham harboring ambitions to make the Portuguese national team captain, and one of the greatest players Europe has ever produced, MLS’ next big star.

Ronaldo has visited the States on preseason tours for many years with United and Real, and is said to love having vacations in the USA. Also, if you remember last year when a game was in Miami, a young fan ran onto the pitch and Ronaldo embraced him with a warm hug to diffuse any unrest and showed his love for the people coming to watch him play in the Floridian city.

All of this adds up to a “maybe” judgement, as Ronaldo heading to MLS is obviously a few years away as he still aims to break records and win more titles as FIFA’s best player in the world while playing for Real.

However, when you start to think about it, Beckham bringing Ronaldo to MLS in three years time isn’t as far-fetched as it would have once seemed.

  1. dfstell - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Dubious. Sounds like a rumor they would float to get public stadium money: Build us a stadium and you’ll not only get an MLS team, but we’ll maybe sign CR7 too.

  2. seanb20124 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Makes sense, one last major contract before career is over. Nike will also shill out more money if he crosses the pond. ( not sure if second part is true though)

  3. midtec2005 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Beckham showed that this kind of move isn’t impossible… so we’ll see.

    • catfish252 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      The Beckham move was possible for Beckham he made $250M out of it. It really did not help soccer or that franchise by him coming here. Cristiano’s just coming over to get a slice of the pie.

    • siris46 - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      The difference is that Beckham was never the best player in Real Madrid during his time there, CR7 is. On top of that Beckham had been hobbled by injuries and fell out of favor with Real Madrid’s new coach capello and they refused to give him a new contract.
      CR7 is paid handsomely and is the #1 player in the world. He wont be coming to play in the MLS in front of a half empty stadium.

      • bear06 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        Messi is the #1 player in the world.

  4. mikeymo74 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    2017 is too early. Beckham wasn’t close to the player Ronaldo is. Ronaldo is on a whole different level and with the shape he keeps himself in, he should be able to play at a high level for a few more years. I doubt he’ll come to MLS any sooner than 2018.

    • danielofthedale - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      2017 is to soon but 2018 is not? If either half of that statent is true the other half is not.

      • mikeymo74 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        2018 is significant because that’s when his contract expires, which would make it much more feasible for an MLS team to acquire him.

  5. tiredofpc - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    CR7 would score a million goals in the MLS

  6. chadmoon1 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Please!! He would fall over like a tree under the axe before he ever got close to goal. Nothing would bring the league into more disrepute bringing that super-tang over here.

  7. godsholytrousers - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    He is coming. 2017? Probably not, but the next season, yes.

  8. footballer4ever - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Considering Beckham’s footballing history, I would not bet against him or doubt him that he will try his best to bring Ronaldo to Miami’s football club. Joe Prince-Wright, you might want to save this one out for 2017/2018 when Ronaldo does get signed by Beckham’s MLS football club.

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