New Delhi : Former Spain World Cupper and Real Madrid veteran fullback Michel Salgado is the latest marquee player to join the Premier Futsal in India, scheduled to start next month. Salgado, 40, joins Paul Scholes, Deco and Falcao, referred to as the 'Pele of Futsal', as the other big name in the competition.
Salgado, part of Real Madrid's star-studded 'Galacticos' line-up that included Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham, has won four La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League crowns and an Inter-Continental Cup during his career.
The defender, who after a decade at Real Madrid moved to Blackburn Rovers for a three-year stint in the English Premier League, made 53 appearances for Spain in various international tournaments.
His signing marks a major coup for Premier Futsal, a private and semi-professional league promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group, with former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, FC Porto and Barcelona Champions League winner Anderson Luis de Souza, better known as Deco and global futsal legend Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as Falcao, already confirmed. The tournament is set for a July 15 start.