Russian outfit snaps up Roberto Carlos

Veteran Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos has joined Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, who hail from the southern republic of Dagestan, the club announcing on Wednesday they have signed the 37-year-old on a two-and-a-half year deal.

"Anzhi Makhachkala officially announce the signing of 2002 FIFA World Cup™ winning defender Roberto Carlos," the club said on their website.

Roberto Carlos had a brief spell with Inter Milan in 1995/96 but at club level it was his foraging runs at Real Madrid which earned him stardom along with three UEFA Champions League winners medals in 11 years with the club.

There followed spells with Fenerbahce of Turkey (2007-2009) and then back in Brazil with Corinthians but following their Copa Libertadores loss to Colombia's Tolima the player wanted one last new challenge. Makhachkala, who finished in lower-mid table last season, are reportedly set to pay the Brazilian some €5 million a season for his services.