Brazil

2002 World Cup-winning midfielder and Brazilian legend Denilson has come out of retirement at the age of 44. 

The midfielder played his last match 12 years ago when he featured for Greek side Kavala.

He has however returned to active football, joining Ibis, a team in Brazil’s lower leagues.

“I can talk now! IT’S OFFICIAL! The invitation appeared and after reflecting with my family… the father here decided to return to football after 12 years! From today I wear the shirt of [Ibis].”

Ibis have arguably the worst name in football history thanks to their 32-match winless run in the 80’s but boosted the survival hopes with a win last weekend.

“Let’s leave our history as ‘the world’s worst team’ to the 1980s, when Ibis really were the worst in the world,” club chief Ozir Ramos Junior said after the match.

“We’re not anymore – though we use it for marketing, so people know us.”

Denilson had a successful career and was one time a record signing when he joined Real Betis for a £21.5 million.

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