Lionel Messi, a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, joined Inter Miami earlier this month, making his highly anticipated debut against Cruz Azul. With Beckham as president and co-owner of the soccer club, the occasion was already significant. The world watched as Messi was subbed on in the 54th minute, ready to leave his mark on Major League Soccer. As the match approached its conclusion, tension was building on the pitch. In the 94th minute, with the score level, Messi stood poised for a game-changing free kick. The air was charged with excitement and anticipation, and in a dream come true for Beckham, Messi unleashed a curling shot into the top left corner, securing a dramatic victory for Inter Miami.
A Touching Moment
Amidst the jubilant celebrations, the cameras captured an emotional David Beckham on the pitch. With tears in his eyes, Beckham watched Messi’s magic unfold, clearly moved by the momentous occasion. Beckham’s wife, Victoria, stood by his side, sharing in his joy, while their children, Harper and Romeo, cheered on their father’s team. The significance of Messi’s debut attracted a star-studded audience to the stadium. Among the spectators were renowned personalities like Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, and Serena Williams, all there to witness history in the making. As Messi delivered that breathtaking free kick, the crowd erupted in elation, sharing the sheer excitement of the event.
Reflecting on a Dream Come True
After the match, Beckham expressed his overwhelming emotions, praising the performances of Messi and his teammate Sergio Busquets. He marveled at the dream come true for both fans in the stadium and soccer enthusiasts across the country. Beckham’s heartfelt words reflected the pride and admiration he held for Messi and the profound impact his presence had on the MLS. The magical night when Lionel Messi showcased his brilliance in his Inter Miami debut will forever be etched in soccer history.
The MLS has had some great players over the years. From home-grown talents to foreign imports, these are the greatest MLS players in the history of the league.
Quite simply, there hasn’t been an American player quite like Landon Donovan. The forward showed he could play in pretty much any league in the world and was the great hope for the United States National Team for years. During his time in the MLS, Donovan collected four MLS titles and two Supporters’ Shields. Donovan made the MLS Best XI seven times in his career and became the all-time assist leader with 136. The player did so much for American soccer that in 2015 the MLS renamed the MVP award to the ‘Landon Donovan MVP Award.’
There was no denying that bringing a star like David Beckham to Los Angeles made the MLS much more popular. Beckham joined the league in 2007 and won two MLS Cups. Although he was criticized for returning to Europe whenever possible, Beckham’s time with the Galaxy was nothing but a success. The English midfielder had 40 assists and scored a bunch of trademark unforgettable free-kick goals.
David Beckham might have been responsible for raising the profile of the MLS, but Robbie Keane might be the best foreign import the league has ever seen. He joined LA Galaxy with one aim, scoring a ton of goals. In just 125 games in the MLS, the Irishman scored 83 goals, winning three MLS Cups during his short time in the league. Keane was at the end of his professional career but proved he still had what it took during his MLS seasons.
There were many MLS players to choose from, but these are the guys who had the biggest impact on the league. Their skills with the ball brought millions of eyes to the MLS, helping it become what it is today.