Report: Cristiano Ronaldo plans to join MLS after leaving Real Madrid in 2018

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Report: Cristiano Ronaldo plans to join MLS after leaving Real Madrid in 2018
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The notion that Major League Soccer is a retirement league isn't going away anytime soon. After the early success enjoyed by the latest over-the-hill superstars to come stateside – Kaka and David Villa, soon to be followed by Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – a report surfaced on Tuesday that the league could land its biggest name since David Beckham a few years from now.

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Grant Wahl reported on Fox Sports 1 and SI.com that Cristiano Ronaldo plans to come to the United States when he leaves Real Madrid. The three-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner – who scooped up the trophy the last two years – has been at Real since 2009 and in September 2013 renewed his contract, which now runs through the 2017-18 season. At that point, three-and-a-half European seasons from now, when he'll be 33, he could come over on a free transfer.

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According to the report, Ronaldo would prefer New York, Los Angeles or Miami as a destination. The former two should both have two clubs by then; the latter is supposed to be getting a team co-owned by Beckham in the coming years, although its fruitless search to build a stadium remains a roadblock.

So let's imagine for a minute the flamboyant Portuguese striding through MLS stadiums, preening and swaggering all over North America with his supermodel girlfriends and posse of famous pals in tow.

We can't wait.

Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer columnist for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @LeanderAlphabet.