Florent Malouda and John Arne Riise have joined the Indian Super League (ISL) revolution after agreeing deals with the Delhi Dynamos.
The duo join the likes of Adrian Mutu, Helder Postiga and Simao Sabrosa as the competition’s marquee players for its second campaign.
Malouda, 35, won the Premier League and Champions League while at Chelsea and was part of the France team that reached the 2006 World Cup final.
“I am extremely excited to join forces with (Delhi coach) Roberto Carlos,” he said. “India has great talent and a league like the ISL will bring the amount of interest to help develop Indian football. I look forward to give my best and make the Delhi fans proud.”
Riise, 34, the former Liverpool and Denmark full-back who lifted the Champions League and FA Cup during his seven years at Anfield, commented: “I am super excited to have joined Dehli Dynamos.
“I am a person who loves a new challenge, to see and experience different cultures. Roberto has been one of my heroes growing up as a left back. I’m honoured to have him as a coach, and can’t wait to give my all for the team.”
Brazilian icon Carlos, Delhi’s new player-manager, said: “Malouda is a classic player and brings with him years of world class experience. I am sure both the Indian and international players will learn a lot from him.
“His presence will not only strengthen the team but will also create high excitement levels among the ISL fans.
“Riise is a great player, very experienced and a true leader on the field. He is definitely going to help on the development and evolution of the team in the competition.”
Another former Premier League star, ex-West Ham, Wolves, Birmingham and Cardiff defender Roger Johnson, 32, also signed up to the ISL last week with FC Pune City.