David Beckham’s Replacement Could Be Real Madrid Star Kaka, According to Galaxy President


Kaka, Cristiano RonaldoThe Los Angeles Galaxy are set to lose superstar David Beckham after Sunday’s MLS Cup Final, but they already have big things in mind for the post-Beckham era.

On Friday, the president of Galaxy ownership group AEG left no ambiguity as to which soccer star he wants in L.A. next. Beckham first joined the Galaxy when he was 31, and another star from Real Madrid is set to turn 31 right around the time Major League Soccer’s 2013 campaign kicks off.

“We’re well aware of Kaka‘s interest in MLS, and we in turn have made it very clear to him that he’s aware of our interest in him,” Tim Leiweke told Sports Illustrated. “We have a great relationship with Real Madrid, and just as we worked through a player with them six years ago [Beckham], I’m absolutely convinced we could find the right deal this time, too.”

Of course, Chelsea star Frank Lampard has been vocal about his desire to replace Beckham in Los Angeles, so this could be bad news for that theory. Nonetheless, the Galaxy now have an open designated player slot, and in MLS, big-name talent has a funny way of funneling in that direction.

Interestingly enough, the Galaxy seem to be supremely concerned not just with getting another marquee name but also in making sure that player fits into head coach Bruce Arena‘s plan. Is that a sign MLS is improving?

Who knows, but it figures that, going forward, the Galaxy will continue to attract huge stars on the downward side of their career.

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