The newly formed Indian Super League has been attracting a lot of attention with its ability to attract a number of former great players like Nicolas Anelka. The league is set to take place only for a few months from October. Since it will not be taking place over a period of 10 months like other major leagues, it has attracted the attention of several former players like Robert Pires. Despite being out of retirement for three years now, Pires returned to football by signing this short-term contract with Goa FC. Anelka has moved to Mumbai FC and the former Chelsea striker will be looking to continue his goal scoring prowess.
The Indian Super League, at one stage, where confident of attracting former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho, who was available on a free transfer, before he decided to move to Mexican league. The latest acquisitions are the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu and former Manchester United defender Mikel Silvestre. Mutu famously failed a drug test while he was a Chelsea player and he is still being sued by his former club for money in the tune of £ 14 million. After a stellar career in the Premier League by playing for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, Silvestre has been signed by South Indian franchise Chennayin.
This team will be managed by former Italy defender Marco Materazzi, who will also play for the team. The former Inter Milan man is one of the high profile players for Chennayin after having lifted the World Cup title in 2006. Mutu is reportedly close to signing for Pune FC, who have a partnership with Italian club Fiorentina. Mutu is well-known for having represented Fiorentina before recently playing for French club Ajaccio. At 35 years of age, the former Romanian international is one of the younger players to sign for the Indian Super League.