The Beckham-Messi connection that seeks to transform football in the US
David Beckham's arrival in MLS generated immense anticipation. Now, the former England international has played a crucial role in bringing Lionel Messi to Inter Miami, and together they aspire to revolutionize football in the United States permanently.
The history of football in the US is defined by renowned global icons of the sport who once packed their bags in search of their own version of the 'American dream.' Pele in the 1970s with the New York Cosmos, Beckham at the turn of the 21st century with LA Galaxy, and now Messi at Inter Miami, paving the way to the 2026 World Cup.
Football in the US has struggled to carve out its niche and captivate the public, overshadowed by national sports such as American football, basketball, and baseball. However, Messi's decision to join MLS could potentially change that situation entirely, and his arrival in the US cannot be fully comprehended without considering Beckham's precedent.