Lionel Messi has led the congratulations of David Beckham after the launch of his new MLS franchise – and hinted he could even play for them one day.
Beckham’s Miami-based ownership group was awarded the franchise for an expansion team in the USA league on Sunday, with the club expected to be launched in 2020.
Many of his celebrity friends were quick to say well done, among them Messi, who said Beckham could ‘give him a ring’ about playing – but only in a ‘few years’.
Lionel Messi has led congratulations of David Beckham after the launch of his MLS franchise
Messi even hinted he could play for Miami: ‘Who knows, in a few years you can give me a ring’
In a video posted to social media, Messi sent a message in Spanish which translates as: ‘First of all congratulations. I wanted to wish you all the best in this new project, this new role for you. Who knows, maybe in a few years you can give me a ring.’
For the time being, however, it seems as if Messi is happy at Barcelona, having just signed a bumper new contract worth £500,000 a week until 2021, with a £626m release clause.
Messi was not the only footballer to say congratulations either, with his former team mate Neymar, now at PSG, also sending a message to Beckham.
Many celebrities sent their congratulations, including Messi’s former team mate, Neymar
Nor was he the only one to express an interest in playing for the Miami team – Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt also offered his services.
Among the celebrities to send video messages to Beckham were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, tennis champion Serena Williams, rapper Jay-Z and actor Will Smith – as well as his four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.
Beckham, who played in the MLS for Los Angeles Galaxy, had been attempting to get the Miami team off the ground for years before Sunday’s confirmation.
First published by Mail Online.