1) David Beckham – Miami MLS
One of the most stylish sports personalities of all time, David Beckham signed for LA Galaxy in 2007. Hoping to attract great fanfare with Beckham’s arrival, MLS offered Beckham a chance to own a football club outside New York for just 25 million dollars. The former Manchester United exercised his option in 2014, as he combined with a few business men to setup the Miami MLS team. Beckham’s investment group hopes to speed up the club’s setup, with the team yet to be given a name and a stadium yet to be built. Miami, although, hopes to be a competing in the MLS in two years time, and is a part of the latest expansion project of MLS. Follow our football tips here.
2) Didier Drogba- Phoenix Rising
The Chelsea legend is now 40 years old. While many players of his age are either football pundits or managers, Drogba continues to lead the line and score goals. Such is his passion for football that he does not intend on ending his playing career and if he does, he wants to stay close to the game. This is indeed one of the prime reasons behind Drogba’s decision to become the first player-owner in the world when he signed for Pheonix Rising from Montreal Impact last season. The club currently play in the United Soccer league and have great expansion plans set out for the future. On the other hand, Drogba has since played six games for the Rising scoring four goals.
3)A part of the Class of 92 – Salford City
Salford City were in dire need of some inspiration when the club’s shares were bought by the legends of the class of ’92. Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Scholes and the Neville brothers bought the non-league club and overtook several of its operations. Since the acquisition, Salford City have won back to back promotions from the eight division. The club nearly won the promotion to the fifth division this past season but fell short in the playoff semi-final. Under the legends’ supreme guidance, the club have established a youth-academy, while are also in the process of becoming a full-time club, with players and staff set to sign permanent contracts.
4) Paolo Maldini- Miami FC
The AC Milan legend combined with businessman, Ricardo Silva, to bring football to Miami, a place where David Beckham had been tipped to establish a football club. Maldini also convinced an old teammate, Alessandro Nesta, to become the manager. Miami FC won the Spring season of the NASL (North American Soccer League) this summer. The club’s marketing is greatly proliferated due to Maldini’s fan following. His contacts further enabled the club to get major sponsorship deals, including the popular kit maker, Macron, for the Miami FC.
5) Demba Ba’s consortium – San Diego NASL
The former Newcastle and Chelsea forward owns 35% stake in San Diego NASL. The NASL expansion club is also partly owned by the likes of Eden Hazard, YohanCabaye and Moussa Sow. The team name is yet to be decided upon, though, are expected to be competing by 2018. Eden Hazard was ecstatic with the investment in a team claiming that he hopes to start quickly and win some games with the team. University of San Diego will be the home ground of the team while the construction of the stadium concludes.