Brazilian football legend, Roberto Carlos has decided to come out of retirement after confirming that he will play in the Indian Super League with Delhi Dynamos later this year.
The 42-year-old has not played a professional match since he departed Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in 2012 and started to take managerial role in Turkey, before recently signing for Al Arabi in Qatar but the talk was cancelled.
However, the former Real Madrid star, who has agreed to sign a one-year contract, revealed that he has accepted a player-manager role, replacing the Harm Van Veldhoven as the former manager and Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero as the marquee player.
“I would like to play. I am looking forward to this stint as an opportunity to impart new playing techniques to players, hone their skills,” Carlos told reporters.
“I am humbled by the immense support from Indian fans which motivated me to come here and play for Delhi Dynamos.
“I practice everyday despite being a coach now. I wouldn’t have agreed to play had I not been convinced about my capability now. I know I can still play at a top level.”
The second campaign of the ISL will kick off on October 3, with last year’s champions Atletico Kolkata travelling to Tamil Nadu to play Chennaiyin FC.