David Beckham has played a prominent role in returning Major League Soccer into global consciousness over the past six years, following the former Manchester United superstar's stint playing with the LA Galaxy.

Beckham joined the Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007, a controversial career choice given that he was aged only 31 at the time, but the former England captain undoubtedly had a significant impact during his time in the US.

The next step for Beckham is to move into franchise ownership, with the terms of his Galaxy contract affording the 38-year-old the opportunity to being his own team team for a cut-price deal.

Beckham appears set to start his franchise in Miami, and could enlist the help of Heat star LeBron James, and the south Florida team will surely have the tools to become one of the most prominent in the MLS.

The decision of two global sporting icons to move into the business of franchise management has prompted Forbes to release an updated list of the most valuable teams currently operating in the American league system.

Here they are...

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