New York City midfielder Frank Lampard says Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo should follow in his footsteps and join an MLS side one day as it would suit him and his lifestyle.
Lampard joined the MLS side in the summer to add to the growing list of former stars from the European league to head Stateside to play their football. Ex-Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and Andre Pirlo are all playing for various MLS teams.
Speaking to CNN Sport, Lampard urged Ronaldo and Barcelona star Leo Messi to join him once they decide to end the careers at their current clubs.
“I think Messi and Ronaldo moving to MLS is a real possibility. I think they’ll want to, and I think they’ll be embraced if they came here. Cristiano, particularly, I could see playing in America. I think the lifestyle would suit him. He’s a showman and a great player,” he commented.
Gerrard echoed his former international team mate’s thoughts, adding: “I hope they will come to MLS. I’d certainly recommend it, not just to those two but to players around the world. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the life on and off the pitch because America’s a super country to come and work in and enjoy.
“I know from playing with players in the English dressing rooms at home that everybody is talking about MLS now. Maybe five or 10 years ago it wasn’t on the radar so much, but it is now, and I’m talking about big players.”