New Delhi: USA's Major Soccer League, has become the new attraction for big footballers in their twilight and that serves as a big boost for fans in the country who have been admirers of these players for long. Steven Gerrard is another such player who will be joining the MLS in summer 2015 after he decided to leave Liverpool on Friday.
Over the years megastars such as Thierry Henry, David Beckham have played for the MLS and the trend has set to continue. Soon the likes of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe, Clint Dempsey, David Villa, Frank Lampard and Kaka followed suit. Well it is said that a host of MLS top clubs are interested in getting Gerrard with Los Angeles Galaxy touted to be the favourites to land him.
For players who have ruled European football for years playing with the biggest clubs, winning trophies and entertaining the fans with individual skills, the prospect of joining a club in the USA has become an assured benefit.
The financial package offered in the MLS is quite hefty and in the end days of a player's career, getting an attractive salary package is an enticing prospect. With most of glory achieved, the chance to play in front of fans in places likes USA and Australia are becoming more prominent.
Even the Indian Soccer League that made its debut last year in October, was a huge success and some former legendary players' presence attracted crowds in large numbers to get the league kicking.
Frank Lampard last season joined New York City FC and will be playing for them from next term onwards after extending his loan with Manchester City. Kaka who joined Orlando City in 2014, will play for them as their league starts and will be the highest paid player in the country. David Villa too joined Lampard for New York City FC and Barcelona ace Xavi Hernandez too is expected to join a club in the US next season.
In Europe's big clubs top players get limited opportunities once they pass their prime and with the fight from young quality players, options such as the MLS comes as a boost.