Talking today about the economic and competitive growth that soccer has had in the United States would not be possible without David Beckham in the MLS. A player who in full swing with Real Madrid decided to “lower his salary” and try his luck in Los Angeles.
At 31 years old, a more educated right than you at your in-laws house, the world fame that preceded him and an annual salary of 19.8 million dollars with the ‘merengues’, the crack English said yes to a modest Los Angeles Galaxy that offered him 6.4 million a year.
Despite rumors in the summer of 2006 that put him out of the White House, Back then nobody imagined David Beckham in the MLS. Neither his teammates, nor the press, nor the other teams in the league, well, with a salary cap of 1.9 million it was practically impossible for a player of his stature to reach Major League Soccer.
The beckham rule in the MLS
It was clear that the Los Angeles Galaxy would do whatever it takes to get David Beckham in MLS and for this reason he took on the task of convincing the rest of the managers to modify the salary structure and thus allow each team to sign a player whose salary was not limited.
Thus the Designated Player rule —which would later be known as the Beckham Rule— not only allowed David Beckham to be officially introduced to MLS on July 13, 2007, but also It also made figures such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard and even Wayne Rooney come to the country in the future.
Already entered up to this point in history It seems that with a 70 percent reduction in his millionaire salary, the only beneficiaries of David Beckham’s arrival in MLS were the managers with the worldwide exposure of Major League Soccer that they achieved with the signing but was it really like that?
Crazy old man, visionary or good Samaritan?
Leaving a determined life in Europe and traveling with your whole family to an “unknown” country is something that only someone with a plan would dare…
According to sports investment and business expert Joe Pompliano, to see David Beckham in MLS with a lower salary Before, several clauses had to be fulfilled that in the end made the English win more than 500 million dollars and even a professional team.
One of the most peculiar clauses of this contract made David Beckham obtain extra income for the whole merchandisetickets, cheves and even hot dogs that were sold in the Galaxy stadium.
And finally, the one that made him a billionaire: The opportunity to buy an MLS team for just $25 million once he retired as a professional.
Thus, after a successful business, David Beckham became owner of Inter Miami.
Few are the athletes who leave an indelible mark on sport but David Beckham did it perfectly Well, in addition to cover in tickets, his hiring was a before and after when trying to understand the success of this league.
A win-win for MLS managers, players and fans.
We tell you here about other stars that shine or have shined in the MLS.