The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star have guaranteed the world’s focus is back on MLS, and many more top players could follow.
David Beckham’s return to MLS with Inter Miami will see a resurgence in large stars heading into the United States, according to Mikael Silvestre — and the list may include Cristiano Ronaldo.
Miami have been defeated in both of the MLS games thus far, losing out 1-0 to LAFC before being defeated 2-1 in D.C. United.
Beckham’s move to LA Galaxy in 2007 prompted a rise in interest in the league, with international stars such as Kaka, Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo having since followed in his footsteps.
Now, it’s hoped Beckham’s role in bringing MLS to Miami will help activate a similar increase as the league keeps growing.
“Becks will possess the advantage to bring big in titles because of who he is and what he can do, and the relations and network he’s,” former Manchester United and Portland Timbers defender Silvestre informed Bet-PA.
“We should be seeing some very big names at Inter Miami in the not too distant future.
“Maybe Cristiano [Ronaldo] could come!”
Beckham has suggested Miami could look to the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as transport targets.
Also returning to MLS is Silvestre’s fellow former Arsenal celebrity Henry, who spent five years in New York Red Bulls for a participant and took over as director of Montreal Impact in November.
Henry is seeking to place a devastating spell at the helm of Monaco behind him and Silvestre has supported him to flourish at his new team.
“Thierry Henry, since he knows the league should succeed in Montreal,” he said.
“He has the experience of playing in MLS not from not too long ago and understands the structure of the league.
“This time, unlike at Monaco, he has had the staff through pre-season and knows the players well. He was in the center of the storm this past year after [Leonardo] Jardim’s departure.
“It is a long, long season in MLS today; he has the capacity to do well and qualify for the playoffs, they could place some form collectively.”
Silvestre’s former side Portland suffered a disappointing start to the season with a 3-1 home defeat to Minnesota United but bounced back with a 1-0 win over Nashville SC.
“Portland always start slow for some reason, I do not expect any difference this year,” Silvestre admitted.
“Somehow, they are always there or thereabouts for the MLS play-offs.
“I really like to go and watch games there, they have amazing fans and a massive new stand. I have to go sometime soon.”