Paul Scholes signs for Premier Futsal

He becomes the second marquee player after Deco to join the the world’s first multi-national franchise-based Futsal league.

Paul Scholes has made over 700 appearances for Manchester United.   -  AP

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has signed for the inaugural Premier Futsal League. He becomes the second marquee player after Deco to join the the world’s first multi-national franchise-based Futsal league.

“Futsal is a fascinating format that has played a pivotal role in developing the skills of some of the greatest football players. I have seen Futsal grow not just back home, but also across the world and I have played in a few of those tournaments,” said the former midfield ace who won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies during his stint with the famous English club.

“Premier Futsal will be a great way to introduce the sport to India and I’m looking forward to meeting the fans across India who I know are some of the most passionate in the world,” said Scholes who appeared 718 times for Manchester United during an illustrious career spanning 22 years.

The league has already unveiled Alessandro Rosa Vieira, the sport’s most renowned player fondly known as Falcao, and 19 other international futsalers earlier, including ex-Portugal star Deco who was the first marquee signing.

It is a private and semi-professional league promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group.

Scholes has become the second of the eight marquee players who would will be a part of Premier Futsal commencing on July 15, the release said, adding players would be allotted teams through a player draft which is slated to take place later this month.