David Beckham believes selling Inter Miami to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar is ‘not a difficult pitch’
David Beckham insists he would have no trouble pitching an Inter Miami transfer to Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar or Lionel Messi.
The MLS club, co-owned by Beckham and coached by Phil Neville, have attracted top European players such as Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain since their inception in 2018.
Inter Miami have also raided England for Ryan Shawcross and former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs in the past month.
And Beckham is confident his club can attract the world’s biggest players, including Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi.
Asked what his sales pitch would be to those three megastars, Beckham told ESPN: “To be honest, it’s not a difficult pitch. You just say ‘Miami’ and they’re like, ‘okay!’”
Messi and Juventus forward Ronaldo are in the twilight years of their career.
Meanwhile, Neymar, 29, still has hopes of winning the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain after falling short in last year’s final against Bayern Munich.
Earlier this month, Beckham revealed Inter Miami were targeting players with the stature of Messi and Ronaldo.
“Without a doubt, those are the type of players that we aspire to bring to our club. I think that the fans would really appreciate that,” he said.
“But, you know, as owners, we want players here that are driven, that want to win, and that’s our priority.
“With Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain, these are players that we feel add to the glitz and the glamour of what the club is.
“Going forward, we also want to bring other players in if we have the opportunity to bring some great names in, you obviously mentioned Leo and Cristiano.
“They’ve been at the top of their game for the last 15 years because of hard work. Sir Alex Ferguson was a master at it.
“He didn’t always bring in the best player in the world. He didn’t always bring in the top player. He bought the right player for the club.
“And I think that that’s the one thing that I take into our club, is the player has to be right.”
Messi has previously expressed a desire to play in the United States and admitted in an interview with La Sexta it could happen.
When asked about whether he’d play in MLS, the Barcelona icon said: “I always had the dream of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States, experience what the league there is like.”
His contract with the LaLiga club runs out in the summer, but it is unlikely he will be moving to the U.S. just yet.
Barca are desperate to keep hold of him with newly elected president Joan Laporta promising to do his best to get him to stay.
Beckham may have to wait just a little bit longer to get someone like Messi to his MLS franchise.
Inter Miami joined MLS last season in a coronavirus hit campaign.
There has already been a change in head coach, though, with Phil Neville appointed by his old Manchester United teammate.
The former defender led the England Women’s side to a 2019 World Cup semi-final during his three-year spell in charge.
Neville’s squad contains the likes of Matuidi, Higuain and Shawcross, while West Brom’s Gibbs will be heading to Miami at the end of the Premier League season.
He confirmed the news on Instagram, writing: “Extremely excited to be starting the next chapter of my career with @InterMiamiCF this summer!
“I look forward to embracing a new culture and a new challenge in South Florida. I’m really impressed by the vision of the Club, and can’t wait to play in front of The Siege, Southern Legion, and Vice City 1896.
“In the meantime, my focus and commitment remains with West Brom. I will continue to give 100% for the team, as I have done since I signed, until the end of the season.”