IBTimes UK

Michel Salgado became the third marquee signing for Premier Futsal as the former Real Madrid defender signed a three-year deal on 27 June, Monday.

Salgado, part of Real Madrid's star-studded 'Galacticos' line-up that also 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 Blackburn Rovers for a three-year stint in the English Premier League, also 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 Mr. Xavier Britto of Indev Group, with former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, FC Porto and Barcelona Champions League winner Anderson Luís de Souza – better known as Deco – and global futsal legend Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as Falcao, already confirmed.

Salgado gave his thoughts on joining Premier Futsal and is delighted to be part of the sport, which also includes the likes of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Deco.

"Futsal is an extremely underrated sport. It has been the breeding ground for some of the biggest names in football the world over and I'm glad Premier Futsal in India is creating a platform that can showcase the sport and give it its due," Salgado said.

"I think the talent the league has managed to draw is fantastic with not just futsallers like Falcao but also career football players like Paul Scholes and Deco taking part."

"It's almost nostalgic in a way to go up against these players again and I'm really looking forward to reliving the old days and reigniting those old rivalries, this time on the futsal court."