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    David Beckham Reportedly Thisclose to Starting Major League Soccer Team in Miami

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    David Beckham is reportedly very close to finalizing a deal to start his very own Major League Soccer team in Miami.

    The 38-year-old retired sports star, who's been mulling over plans to start a Florida team for some time, is ready to pay $25 million to do so, a source close to the situation reveals (via Sports Illustrated).

    Victoria Beckham's other half will also reportedly look to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to help get the league up and running once everything is signed and finalized.

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    Over the summer, Becks opened up about the sports endeavor, telling CBS4 news, "I think bringing an MLS team here to South Florida would be exciting. I think Miami fans are very passionate about their sports and very passionate about winning."

    In June of this year, Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez spoke out in favor of Beckham bring a soccer franchise to the city. "We're ready and we're excited about the possibility of having top-flight professional soccer back in Miami," he said. "With people from all over the world living in our community, this is an ideal market for MLS and David Beckham is the right person to make it happen."

    The Miami Fusion, the city's former team, closed up shop in 2001 after only three years.

    Beckham announced his retirement from playing professional soccer earlier this year. He played his last game with Paris St.-Germain on May 18.

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