David Beckham is possibly one of the most ambitious men on the planet. Coupled with a dogged determination to succeed, it has seen him achieve immense things during his adult life. However, it is possible the former PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester United star has set the bar a little too high this time.
According to the Daily Mail, Beckham has told his fellow Miami United officials that he wants to make Barcelona star Lionel Messi the face of the MLS franchise, which could be up and running in time for the 2017 season.
Although Beckham has used his reputation to get the project this far, he knows he will need genuine star quality on the pitch if it is to prove a success. Known to many as the greatest footballer of all time, Messi's arrival would ignite interest on a global scale and draw thousands more fans to games.
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But convincing Messi to leave Barcelona would be an incredible challenge for any club, let alone one that competes outside of Europe. The Argentinian, who turns 29-years-old this year, remains at the peak of his powers alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar and there is no reason why he would make the switch to a comparatively uncompetitive league.
Beckham knows this, of course. That is why he has come up with a whole shortlist of world-class stars that he can target instead. One such target is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who remains a friend following his short stint at PSG.
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The Swede may be more inclined to make such a move. He is 34-years-old and will have to look at moves outside of Europe if he wants to continue earning big money. His contract at Parc des Princes is expiring this summer and he is expected to leave.
However, Beckham is happy to bide his time for Messi, even if that means waiting for him to get to the latter stages of his career. There is no telling how much more the diminutive Argentinian has to give at the top end of football, but few would bet against him adding at least one more Ballon d'Or to his collection.
Return to Argentina
But even when Messi is old and unwanted by Barcelona, Beckham will still face a monumental struggle to coax him to the States. The player himself recently admitted his ambition to play professional football in Argentina, suggesting that will be his last move before retirement.
"It's something that I would still like to do. I don't know when, but it's a possibility," he told Argentinian magazine El Grafico.
"I haven't set myself any goals, short or long term, but I'd like to keep playing whilst my body allows it and I have something to offer the team. When I know that it's time, I'll make a decision."
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