David Beckham has a long list of supporters for his Major League Soccer endeavor in Miami.
The retired MLS player and global soccer star on Monday formally announced coming to Miami as the league’s 25th franchise, with plans to use private dollars to build a 25,000-seat, $200 million open-air stadium near the Miami River in Overtown.
Amid the group’s announcement ceremony at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Beckham’s group released a video with a slew of celebrity endorsements.
Among the more than 15 celebrity figures: Five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady, tennis star Serena Williams, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning and entertainers Jay-Z, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith and DJ Khaled.
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Beckham’s four children — Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and Harper, 6 — and wife Victoria also make an appearance in the 2-minute, 30-second video. The children of Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, one of Beckham’s ownership-group partners, also make an appearance.
Some of the comments of support:
Lopez: “David and Marcelo, I had no idea that by introducing you guys [that] history would be made. Congratulations.”
Brady: “I know it’ll be super successful. You’ll get great support in Miami. You’ll be a great addition to MLS and U.S. soccer.”
Williams: “It’s a sport I’ve always loved. I’m so excited. Welcome to Miami, neighbor.”
Bolt: “On a serious note, if you need a striker, I’m the guy. If you need goals, I’m the guy.”
DJ Khaled: “Smartest decision you ever did in your whole life. Miami. Soccer team. Bless up.”
Smith: “Welcome to Miami. Hey, if you need anything, let me know. That’s kind of my town.”
Mourning: “The whole town is looking forward to it. The best is yet to come.”