CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy figure to sign a world-renowned player to fill David Beckham's Designated Player shoes as he departs MLS for another playing adventure after six years in America.
With recent reports linking Kaka to Los Angeles fueling the fire that the Brazilian standout will be Beckham's replacement for the reigning MLS Cup champions, Beckham gave his full endorsement should the opportunity to sign Kaka arise for the Galaxy.
"I think most clubs would like Kaka to come into their team," Beckham said after capturing his second straight MLS Cup title to exit the league in storybook fashion. "I know Ricardo (Kaka's full name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite) from playing over the years when I've played against him for England and Brazil. Obviously I spent a lot of time with him when I was in AC Milan. He's a great talent, he's a great person, he's a hard worker. He's one of the most professional players that I've ever come up against and played with. So of course if there was any slight chance of bringing him to the Galaxy then I'm sure the owners would do anything possible."
Kaka has openly expressed his desire to one day play in MLS, and his brother, Digao, currently plays for the New York Red Bulls, adding more reason to the logic behind the 2007 World Player of the Year coming to America. Beckham is not counting the signing as a sure thing just yet given his contract situation with Spanish giant Real Madrid, but he is all for passing the torch to his former teammate.
"He's still a Real Madrid player," Beckham said. "It's obviously disrespectful to speak about him coming here when he's still in contract. But of course, if there was any chance of getting Ricardo here, you'd do anything."