Ex-Major League Soccer manager Ray Hudson has advised David Beckham to make a "monster first signing" like Zlatan Ibrahimovic to realise his dream of creating a Miami-based franchise.
Hudson who managed the Miami Fusion for a year prior to their 2001 dissolution asked Beckham to be bold in his recruitment for the massive task ahead.
‘A player like Ibrahimovic would be a monster first signing. Those types of players are going to be available to the Beckham lure. They are going to be coming to him. They are going to be attracted to his flame.
‘Forget about Real Madrid, PSG, Milan. He had to show up and put his boots on and play the game and just be Beckham. This is going to be a different environment entirely. It is monumental. This is going to be a real test and it is very easy for us all to imagine, well, it’s Beckham and his stadium, it’s the MLS, let it rock and roll!’
The Swede’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire next summer, leading to speculation over whether he will extend his stay at Parc des Princes or move on to other clubs with names being made of Beckham’s Old Trafford side, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The ex-England international Beckham recently received the green light to build his dream £130 million stadium in a "run-down area" of Miami, in spite of BBC Sport’s claim in September that Beckham's plans to launch a team in time for the 2018 MLS season "had been hampered."
Currently 34, the PSG powerhouse continues to enjoy his football at the elite level, and Spanish magazine Don Balon even reported Chelsea are still willing to offer the forward £215,000 a week to join the growing number of stars like Neymar, Messi and James Rodriguez who are all eyeing the EPL.
Hudson thinks, Beckham, bringing his former PSG team-mate will not be the right decision, but also, ‘but for Major League Soccer as a whole, adding an instant touch of class to a developing roster’.