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European Players who headed to MLS

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After the announcement of Lorenzo Insigne signing a pre contract with Toronto FC made the whole of MLS excited. In the meantime it made the others think why such a talented player at the peak of his career chose to go outside Europe. Insigne 30 has been in great form, in the previous summer he played an important role in Italy’s side which won the Euro 2020 after a very long time. He has agreed a four-year contract with Toronto FC, though he will complete his remaining season with Napoli and then join them on 1st July.

Toronto has made a huge investment in Insigne promising him to pay around $13 million per year. This is one of the highest deals in MLS history. The addition of such a talented player in his prime will hopefully have a positive impact to the team. Insigne should be able to help TFC to get back to the top of MLS. This signing will definitely raise the standards of MLS. Unlike other European players who joined the MLS while their downfall or career nearing retirement.

Andrea Pirlo

The Italian joined the MLS in 2015 after his spell in Italy with Juventus. He played for NYCFC. He played there for 3 seasons and made a total of 60 appearances. He helped the team in gaining global attention and made the team reach new heights in the league.

David Villa

The Spaniard also was a part of NYCFC. In 2015 Villa was the first player to sign for them. Villa enjoyed a good spell of four years in the MLS. In every season he played, he remained the top scorer for NYCFC. Villa became the top scorer for them in the MLS by scoring 77 goals. In total Villa scored 80 goals with 3 goals coming in the playoffs.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney joined DC United from Everton in 2018. He was with DC United for 3 and a half years. Over his period with them, he scored a total of 25 goals in 52 appearances. His good performance in the first season was rewarded with a place in the MLS best XI. He also scored a wild goal from his own half which will be remembered for a long time.

David Beckham

David Beckham is one of the most famous footballers in the world. In the year 2007 he joined LA Galaxy from Real Madrid, this move shocked the world as it was so sudden. Beckham’s presence in the United States changed the way people looked at football. Over 120 appearances for the club, he grabbed 20 goals. David Beckham now also has his share in Inter Miami.

Thierry Henry

Henry is one of the most successful players in the world. He made a move to MLS in 2010. He joined the New York Red Bulls from Barcelona. He enjoyed his period in the MLS. Over his period in MLS, he scored 51 goals and made 42 assists. He was in the MLS Best XI three times. Henry then came back to MLS as a manager. He managed Montreal.

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