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Man Utd, LA Galaxy great Beckham confirms MLS franchise ownership

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has officially announced that David Beckham has exercised his option to become an owner of a franchise in Miami.

The former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder had a clause in the MLS contract he signed in 2007 allowing him to step into ownership once his LA Galaxy career had finished.

On Wednesday, at a press conference at the Perez Art Museum in Miami with Beckham and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez Garber, Garber confirmed the new ownership.

"We appreciate all that David has done as a player, an ambassador and as a global icon to help grow Major League Soccer," Garber said in a statement.

"We are thrilled that he will be an owner, and we look forward to him helping us achieve our goal of being one of the top soccer leagues in the world."

Beckham, who won two MLS Cups in his six years with the Galaxy, added: "From the beginning of my career in England to today in Miami, my journey has always been driven by my incredible passion for the game.

"Miami is a vibrant, diverse community that thrives on the same type of energy that fuels the international appeal of soccer, and I look forward to a dedicated, long-term partnership with this dynamic city and Major League Soccer. My experience with the Galaxy is what convinced me that I wanted to one day own an MLS team and it is thrilling to now see that dream coming true."

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