Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Kaka believe football’s two biggest names will eventually join them in moving to MLS.
Current New York City FC and ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard thinks Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could move to MLS in the near future.
Premier League record-breaker Lampard joined the likes of former England teammate Steven Gerrard and World Cup winners Kaka and Andrea Pirlo by becoming poster-boys for the MLS last year.
Lampard believes global superstars Messi and Ronaldo will follow in their footsteps as the league continues to develop. Lampard told CNN.
“I think Messi and Ronaldo moving to MLS is a real possibility,”
“I think they’ll want to, and I think they’ll be embraced if they came here. Cristiano, particularly, I could see playing in America.
“I think the lifestyle would suit him. He’s a showman and a great player.”
Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard, now playing for the LA Galaxy, echoed Lampard’s theories:
“I hope they will come to MLS. I’d certainly recommend it, not just to those two but to players around the world,”
“I’m sure they’ll enjoy the life on and off the pitch because America’s a super country to come and work in and enjoy.
“I know from playing with players in the English dressing rooms at home that everybody is talking about MLS now.
“Maybe five or 10 years ago it wasn’t on the radar so much, but it is now, and I’m talking about big players.”
Ex-Milan and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, now pulling the strings at Orlando City, agrees with Lampard and Gerrard:
“I think one day, probably, they’re going to come to join MLS,” said the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner.
“I know that depends on a lot of things.
“But both already said that they wanted to play here, they like the possibility to live in America. So probably one day we will have the joy of seeing these guys playing here.”