David Beckham is celebrating, because this Sunday, May 2, The historic former English footballer turns 46 years old and the world of football has come together to congratulate one of the greatest icons of the first decade of the 21st century and that was in charge of completely changing the history of Major League Soccer, after his transfer to LA Galaxy in 2007.
The arrival of David Beckham marked a before and after in American football, and even, just over 14 years after his arrival, English continues to be one of the main faces of MLS, now as one of Inter Miami's partners, team that debuted in the league during 2020 as an expansion franchise, which was included in the contract of the player who was part of the Galacticos at Real Madrid.
January 12, 2007 was marked in the history of Major League Soccer, as the day that forever changed the league, because LA Galaxy presented David Beckham as its brand new reinforcement, something that even caused a restructuring in the MLS regulations and its Law of Franchise Player, which changed after the arrival of Beckham and which opened the doors of American football to great figures international
Beckham came to the Los Angeles squad after having made history with the Manchester United and Real Madrid teams, to become just one of the first ‘bombings’ that MLS would later launch. the signing of ‘Becks’ was the preamble to the arrival of great figures such as Thierry Henry, David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, among many others who have reached the North American league in recent years.
“There was no one else on the face of the earth who could have done what David Beckham did for MLS,” said Tim Leiweke, president of AEG and one of those in charge of initiating the arrival of English to the North American league, who 14 years away, it remains one of the main reasons for the league's growth of late.
To the surprise of millions, LA Galaxy introduced David Beckham in 2007 and the rest was history, as English revolutionized American football and became one of the most important men in the history of the league, which little by little makes a place in world football and that with the arrival of signings of great international figures, it has been put on the map worldwide.
Beckham not only attracted the eyes of the whole world to the MLS, but he was also part of a golden age within the LA Galaxy, a club with which he won the MLS Cup twice and with which he registered 20 goals and 42 assists in 124 games with the galactic team of the MLS, in which his football even reached him to return to European football, with the Milan and PSG teams, with whom he could finally end his historic career.
In advertising terms, there is no player who even competes with Beckham during his time in MLS, since he is the player with the most sold jerseys in the history of the league, which in order to achieve his signing, he had to include in a clause, the sale of a franchise at a much lower price than what they usually have and with which Beckham remains in force within the league, as one of the owners of Inter Miami.