Some of the best soccer players in the history of the sport have featured in the MLS in the United States, including Pele and David Beckham. Those big names have given the league a huge lift in North America.
All the leading franchises in the MLS continue to chase some of the best players in Europe to improve their team, here are three names who would be a real coup for the competition.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the best players in soccer for the last two decades. The forward has recently been linked with a move away from Juventus, with a reported fallout taking place at the end of last season. Ronaldo will now be focussing on helping his country defend their European Championship trophy. Portugal are +900 in Euro 2021 betting. Following that tournament, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player is likely to decide on his future.
The Portuguese star regularly takes trips to the United States, with Los Angeles as a favorite hot spot of his. LA Galaxy may be a franchise that interests the Juve man in the next chapter of his career.
Every team in world football would love to have Lionel Messi on their roster. The Barcelona player is a genius on the field and continues to deliver incredible performances on the pitch at the age of 33.
Messi announced he wanted to leave Barcelona last summer. Due to complications over his contract, a deal with another club could not be completed. It remains to be seen if Messi sees his future with the Catalan side or if he wants a new challenge now. The Argentine may not want to move to another rival club in Europe. If he wants to try a new league, hopefully, the MLS is at the top of his shortlist when it comes to his destination. Messi would easily rank as the best player to feature in the competition in the USA if he was signed by one of the 32 franchises.
Frenchman Antoine Griezmann has made no secret of the fact he would like to play in the MLS before he retires. It is likely to a big queue of franchises trying to persuade the current Barcelona forward to join them.
Griezmann is one of the biggest names in European football. He moved to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in 2019. The 30-year-old won the World Cup with France three years ago and he will be hoping for more glory with Les Bleus at the European Championship. The Frenchman is a flair player who would really light up the MLS. He is also extremely popular with young soccer fans so he is likely to bring a lot of attention to the US league.
Hopefully, we get to see all three of the above superstars in the near future. If all three arrive at the same time, the MLS could stake a claim for having the three biggest names in world soccer.