David Beckham wants to make Cristiano Ronaldo the first big-money signing for his new Miami soccer team, according to the Metro.

However, a deal to take the two-time Ballon d'Or winner to the MLS is unlikely to happen until 2017 at the earliest.

Ronaldo is widely considered as one of the greatest players of his generation - and Beckham is keen to make the Portuguese superstar the face of his ambitious new project.

"Becks understands the need for a big, big name in the team when it gets going," an MLS source told The Sun. "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.

"It is a long way off yet — we’re talking 2017 — but it clearly demonstrates the ambition of the Beckham franchise."

Ronaldo will have turned 32 in three years' time, by which point the Portugal captain is likely to have passed his peak.

However, the prolific goalscorer is contracted to the Bernabeu until 2018, and unless Beckham's side can offer him one final lucrative contract, Ronaldo may opt to finish his career elsewhere.

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