With Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard expected to make their respective debuts for New York City FC and the LA Galaxy this weekend, there is a lot of talk about “star power” right now across Major League Soccer.
And boy, have the stars descended on MLS.
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Following the signing of Andrea Pirlo from Juventus, the guys over at New York City FC are doing this thing big with another huge Designated Player on the books. Pirlo, 36, has been named Serie A’s MVP for three of the last four seasons and is fresh off leading Juve’s charge to the Champions League final this campaign.
The World Cup winner is getting on a bit, but his talent is undoubted and his status as a star will see the eyes of soccer fans around the world descend on Yankee Stadium as he lines up with David Villa and Frank Lampard later this month. “No Pirlo, no party,” shirts will soon be popping up across Manhattan like nobody’s business, that’s for sure.
Below, as we did previously when LA Galaxy announced that Steve Gerrard would be joining them for their inaugural 2015 season, we have ranked the top 10 biggest signings in MLS history. Remember, we are basing this list purely on the players’ superstar status and not solely on their output. Of course, other players who aren’t at this superstar level will have, and have had, a big impact on MLS — Sebastian Giovinco, I’m looking at you — but we are just looking at the icons of world soccer who have sauntered into North America in their droves since the DP as introduced in 2007 to show off their skills.
Eight of the top 10 will suit up in MLS in 2015, which is exciting for everyone. Also, Tim Cahill was knocked out of our former top 10 after Pirlo’s arrival. Sorry, Tim.
Do you agree with this list? Which players would you add into the mix? Let us know in the comments section below.
BIGGEST “STAR” SIGNINGS IN MLS HISTORY
1. David Beckham
2. Thierry Henry
3. Steven Gerrard
4. Frank Lampard
6. *** Andrea Pirlo ***
7. David Villa
8. Robbie Keane
9. Clint Dempsey
10. Michael Bradley