Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney Signings Eyed by New Los Angeles MLS Franchise

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2015

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) vies with Manchester United's striker Wayne Rooney during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Manchester United FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on February 13, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO        (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles football franchise, set to come into existence in 2018, already has big ambitions, with reports suggesting the club are keen on making Cristiano Ronaldo their first-ever registered player, and they want to pair him with former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney.

That’s according to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, who cited a source revealing the grand plans for the California outfit: “There seems to be an obsession in LA with landing Ronaldo. The league will be even stronger by then. He'd be a franchise player for them and truly announce their arrival, and they think they can sell him the 'American Dream’.”

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 30:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks on during the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and AC Milan at Shanghai Stadium on July 30, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Malyon also noted that Rooney is another target, and given the England skipper holidays in Los Angeles most years, team officials are hopeful of luring the player to Major League Soccer.

As noted recently by Kartik Krishnaiyer of World Soccer Talk, there’s no denying the United States’ top flight is on the rise:

Kartik Krishnaiyer @kkfla737

If Drogba signs it can be argued that MLS has more marketable players than any other league on the planet.Think about it before trolling me.

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The lure of the division has attracted figures such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Giovani dos Santos this summer, after all, while Kaka and David Villa are also thriving in their debut campaigns in MLS. But getting someone like Ronaldo would be a hallmark addition of the division.

Some of the biggest names in the game have joined MLS teams recently.
Some of the biggest names in the game have joined MLS teams recently.Alex Menendez/Getty Images

The Los Blancos star remains one of the very best players in the world after all, and although he’ll be 33 by the time the summer of 2018 comes around, the shape the Portuguese star keeps himself in means it’s unlikely that his levels of performance will have deteriorated too much by the time LAFC begins its tenure.

Rooney may be a little different as, unlike Ronaldo, the England man seems as though he is a little past his best. There has been some talk about the England skipper maybe dropping into midfield as his legs start to go, but the lifestyle and lucrative benefits of a move to Los Angeles may appeal to the former Everton man.

Ronaldo and Rooney won plenty together at United.
Ronaldo and Rooney won plenty together at United.PAUL THOMAS/Associated Press

As for the two linking up together again? They did so in the past, winning three Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy during their time together at Old Trafford. Even in the twilight of their careers, to see the two rekindle that understanding would be very special indeed.

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