10 Big-Name Foreign Players Who Could End Up in MLS

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2012

10 Big-Name Foreign Players Who Could End Up in MLS

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    Who will be the next world football star to join the MLS? It is one question that many people would like the answer too.

    David Beckham has reignited a trend that dates back to the NASL days with Pele and the New York Cosmos and many other players.

    Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and Robbie Keane have all followed suit, and there will certainly be more to come.

    While some fans may snicker that the MLS is more of a retirement ground for some players, if they play productively and win, as Beckham just did with the LA Galaxy, interest may continue to rise.

    Here are 10 big-name foreign players who could end up in the MLS.

Filippo Inzaghi

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    Filippo Inzaghi's time at AC Milan is winding down. Whether he decides to end his career for good or play on a little longer we will find out. His agent mentioned that their is possible interest in an MLS move.

    Inzaghi has lost pace and other attributes, but he has always been the type of player who relied on his positional sense to get him the goals.

    He could still do very well in the MLS and would probably teach some younger players on his team a thing or two.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said before that he is interested in finishing his career in the MLS.

    Whenever that time comes, teams will surely line up to sign the talented Swede. Considering how he has constantly changed squads throughout his career, this may happen sooner than most people think.

Robert Pires

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    Robert Pires still wants to play football. According to ESPN, Thierry Henry has played his part in trying to persuade his friend and former teammate to the MLS.

    If Pires were to link up with Henry in New York, that would be quite interesting.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    This is just speculation from me, but I decided to put one young gun on this list, and Cristiano Ronaldo won the bid.

    While Lionel Messi has stated he would prefer to end his career in Argentina, Ronaldo could see the U.S. as his final destination.

    California, and the LA Galaxy especially, come to mind as a perfect fit for Ronaldo. He may even get in one or two little cameos in Hollywood.

Didier Drogba

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    It seems it is between a move to China or the MLS for Didier Drogba. The Ivorian's former Chelsea teammate, Nicolas Anelka, recently told Yahoo! Sports thinks his friend could join him at Shanghai Shenhua.

    A little before then, the Chicago Fire admitted its interest in the powerful forward. Time will tell what happens here.


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    Guti is another player still looking for a place to play. He was recently released from Besiktas but is surely still looking to play on.

    There were rumours from ESPN Deportes of a possible move at one point, but nothing came to pass. Any MLS team in need of a playmaker would do well to pick up the former Real Madrid player.


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    Raul is another former Real Madrid player and one whose career should have ended at the Santiago Bernabeu. This is not to say that he should have retired, but that a legend such as him should never have left the club.

    That is in the past now but he is still showcasing his class in the Bundesliga. Raul did mention that the MLS may be a final stop in his fantastic career.

Alessandro Del Piero

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    For Alessandro Del Piero not to end his career at Juventus would seem weird, and that's how I felt about Raul and Real Madrid. Juventus have said that season will be his last at the club.

    His agent has said he could see Del Piero in the MLS. Football fans in the USA got to see him a little bit last summer and would surely love to see him live again.

Francesco Totti

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    Francesco Totti has been linked by goal.com with an MLS move in the past. Like Alessandro Del Piero.

    Totti has been a one-club man, and it would be weird seeing him move elsewhere, but it is a possibility until proven otherwise.

Michael Ballack

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    Michael Ballack is reportedly close to signing a deal with an MLS team.

    Ballack has provided experience to Bayer Leverkusen during his time with the young and talented squad, but it seems he will conclude his time there at the end of the season.

    The German's entrance into the MLS would definitely create another spark for the growing league.


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