David Beckham has promised to bring the world's top players to Miami after taking up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Florida.
Former Manchester United and England midfielder Beckham (38), who retired from playing last year, said he planned to make the new team a globally-recognised club though it may be 2017 before they start playing.
He said: "We want the best. It's pretty obvious who people would want to see in the team – we have a list of players, but as an owner who is an ex-player it would be disrespectful of me to say who.
"Fortunately, I have played with some of the greatest players in the world, and these players have been sending me messages and calling me up and saying 'Miami, great – when can we get there?'
Beckham added: "We are going to make a soccer club that is going to be loved my millions of people – we plan on bringing a team that is not just for Miami but is a global team."
But Beckham won't be making an approach to his former manager at Manchester United Alex Ferguson to coach his team.
He said: "He is a great manager but unfortunately he has retired so we won't pull him out of retirement."
The announcement is the culmination of a deal struck by Beckham and the MLS when he first joined Los Angeles Galaxy.
Beckham was given an option to acquire an MLS franchise at a discounted rate of $25m.