The UK newspaper The Sun reported last week that David Beckham will pocket a staggering £125million during his five-year contract with the LAL Galaxy. That translates into about $250 million.
In the article MLS commissioner Don Garber was quoted as saying:
“David was really a home run for us, to use a baseball analogy. He’s going to make the £125m when his five years are up — I really believe that. Just look at what he’s been able to generate this year. He is just an incredible marketing machine.”
I thought that the most interesting quote from Garber was this:
“I would also hope to see guys like Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry, who has expressed interest in coming here at the end of his contract with Barcelona.”
Now Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry in their prime are an asset to any league. Aging and over-the-hill versions of Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry will not help MLS. Adding aging superstars to each time is a tactics that the NASL tried. And we all know how well that worked.
What do you think? Are Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry the kind of players that MLS should be going after?