Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both on the reported transfer wish list of Inter Miami owner David Beckham.
Beckham was speaking at the launch for the Major League Soccer side’s new jersey when he addressed questions on Inter’s transfer plans, which follow the club’s acquisition of former England international Ryan Shawcross.
The 45-year-old stressed the importance of developing local talent but revealed that there would be further efforts to recruit more high-profile players, akin to the recent signings of players such as Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi.
"I have said from day one that our academy system is a massive part of this club and if we can bring players through here that have lived and breathed Inter Miami then that is the goal,” the former England captain said, per The Sun.
"But we also know that being in Miami, our fans want to see the big stars. We already have players like Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi who add to the glitz and glamour but also going forward we want to have the opportunity to bring some great names in.
Messi recently invested in a luxury R151m Miami apartment
The MLS side have previously been linked with a move for Messi, whose FC Barcelona contract expires in June, and Ronaldo, and Beckham admitted his admiration for the two global superstars when probed on the duo.
"Leo and Cristiano have been mentioned, they have been at the top of their game and been the best for the last 15 years because of hard work,” the former Manchester United midfielder said. “There is very little luck behind it.”
"Sir Alex Ferguson was the master at choosing the right player, he didn’t always bring the best player in the world, he brought the right player for the club and that is one of the things that I have taken into this place."