Reports yesterday claimed David Beckham was keen on bringing Cristiano Ronaldo to the MLS to play a major role in his recently announced franchise.
The Sun published quotes from a MLS source in which they said, “Becks understands the need for a big, big name in the team when it gets going.
“And none come bigger than Ronaldo – the world’s greatest player. Ronaldo loves America and all that it offers.
“It’s not a secret he has thought about finishing his career here, about living here, so a deal like this could be perfect for him.”
The source also reportedly said any move for Ronaldo would not happen until 2017 at the earliest, by which time Ronaldo would be 32.
Beckham recently announced that he had become the owner of a new Miami-based MLS franchise, although it is not yet known what the club will be called or when they will play their first season in the competition.
But here is the thing: If the Portuguese really would leave Real Madrid in three years, his former club Manchester United should do all they can to ensure he does not cross the pond.
While some may argue it is time for David Moyes’ side to move on, the simple fact is footballers like Ronaldo do not come round every day. In fact they are the rarest of things, and if there is any chance you can bring them back – even if that is only for a season or two – you should try your hardest to make it happen.
With Robin van Persie likely to have left Old Trafford by 2017, and with the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Nick Powell three years further along in their development, the return of Ronaldo could be invaluable.
After all, look at the impact Henrik Larsson had in his time at United and that was merely a few months.
So while it is worth taking the latest report with a considerable pinch of salt, if the time does come in the not-too-distant future when Beckham convinces Ronaldo to move to America, his former club should quickly convince him otherwise.
Considering his physique and his fitness levels, at 32 he should still be in devastating form.
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