MLS became the “retirement league” for top european players after they can’t keep the tempo at the top clubs in Europe. Even though more and more players now go to Asia or Middle East because of the better financial offer, that doesn’t mean we won’t see good players from Europe choosing to finish their careers in the MLS.
The one reason is that they are more aware of the fact that the fast and physical style in MLS is good for them after they can’t follow the tempo in top european clubs. This is what former Barcelona playmaker Xavi said to when he talked about why he decided not to go to MLS. This happened with Andrea Pirlo as he didn’t impress at New York City FC.
You can’t wait anymore until noone wants you in Europe and expect to come to MLS and dominate, as the MLS is growing, but if you choose to leave Europe’s top level with some gas still left in the tank, like David Villa did, then you can success. Villa has been amazing for New York City FC since he came from Spain 3 years ago, he could possibly earn a return to the Spanish national team.
Everyone expected that Cristiano Ronaldo could once finish his career in MLS, but his form continued and success as well of trophy collecting with Portugal and Real Madrid in the past two years has helped keep him on the “Not time for MLS yet” list. As much as it once seemed 100% that Ronaldo could end his career in North America, now it feels more like a long shot.
Plenty of amazing stars have looked destined to play in MLS only to never make the jump. Ronaldinho, Xavi, Ronaldo and even newly-elected Liberian president George Weah have been leading players in the MLS transfer news only to see those rumors fail.
Then there are all the rumors that did become true, such as of David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Kaka and Didier Drogba.
So who are some of the big stars that MLS clubs could consider trying to get to MLS in 2018? Some of them are: Iniesta, Rooney, Ibrahimović and Falcao. William Hill have predicted that Falcao could change the club in the near future if we consider his team’s odds on the current league he’s playing.
The player who was previously linked to an MLS move before continuing his career in Europe, Falcao is enjoying an excellent form at AS Monaco, and may be in no hurry to leave to MLS at the age of 31.
The Columbus Crew were linked to Falcao 2 years ago, and it would make sense again if the Crew decide not to keep Ola Kamara. Gregg Berhalter’s team is looking after Uruguayan striker Santiago Garcia, but if they’re still interested for a star forward by the summer, perhaps the Colombia striker would be a good fit.