Former soccer player David Beckham, as well as brothers Jorge and José Mas, became the majority owners of Inter Miami CF after acquiring the shares of Marcelo Claure and Masayoshi Son, the professional soccer league (MLS) club announced Friday.
“We are immensely proud of the progress we’ve made over the past year and a half in Major League Soccer, and we are grateful to have had Marcelo and Masayoshi with us for the first part of our journey,” the Briton said in a statement that did not provide details of the financial transaction.
He highlighted the changes made to the institution in the last year that have allowed it to excel “in all areas.”
“We will continue to work hard to build more memories with our fans, develop youth players from our Academy, compete for championships regularly, and most importantly, embed ourselves in the DNA of our community and South Florida,” he added.
For his part, Jorge Mas, executive director of the MLS club, thanked Marcelo Claure and Masayoshi Son in the statement for joining the goal of founding a club that represents South Florida in the U.S. professional league, and that the current owners remain committed to the club’s success.
“On the field, we strongly believe that we are building the culture and processes to win trophies and, off the field, we will continue to harness the power that soccer has to do positive things through our partnerships and our community efforts,” he said.
Inter Miami CF is on a six-game unbeaten streak and sits in eighth place, one point away from making this season’s playoffs, the tournament between the top seven teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences.
This same week, the club announced its first sponsor, the cryptocurrency company XBTO, whose logo will appear on the players’ shirts.