As David Beckham’s proposed MLS expansion franchise in Miami moves closer to reality, the former Manchester United and Los Angeles Galaxy star has already set his sights on the first player he would like to sign.
Speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Beckham said that former Paris Saint-Germain teammate and Swedish international star Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be a priority to sign if he is still playing in the two to three years it will take for Miami's MLS franchise to get started.
“If Ibrahimovic is still active, then I want to buy him right away,” Beckham said to Aftonbladet. “He is a physically magnificent specimen, so it’s entirely possible. Who does not want a man who is prepared to kill to win?”
At 34, Ibrahimovic is still one of the top strikers in the world, scoring 17 goals in all competitions for PSG so far this season.
Standing 6’5”, Ibrahimovic is an extremely difficult presence to defend and could join the likes of former Chelsea star Didier Drogba as another physically imposing foreign forward to find success in the MLS.
“I’ve played with or against the very best in the world,” Beckham said. “I want to say that I have never met anyone who was so serious during both practice and games. When I came to Paris I knew that he was an incomparable talent as a player, but he’d be so tough and merciless on himself at all times, I had no idea.
“He is a born winner. He is a beast with huge self confidence, and I’m one of his biggest admirers.”