DAVID BECKHAM is aiming to sign Lionel Messi for Inter Miami’s debut MLS season in 2020, according to reports.
The Barcelona superstar is under contract until June 2021 but will be 33 at the time.
Messi, 31, is loyal to Barca, which makes a switch to another European club unlikely and his struggles for the national team could affect a return to his homeland.
But Miami – which has a large Hispanic population – would offer an alternative as well as a relatively low profile.
Beckham’s huge profile and contacts in the game may give him the resources to secure a previously unheard of deal.
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While the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry and Becks himself have graced the MLS, a world-class talent is yet to sign in his prime.
And as well as potentially securing the biggest import since all-time greats Pele and Franz Beckenbauer in Messi, he could be tempted to upset the apple cart and secure young talents.
His Inter side are yet to secure a stadium but momentum is growing behind the big-name owner.