Liverpool Champions League winner to play in Indian Super League

Luis Garcia has taken up an interesting new challenge at the age of 36.

The Liverpool cult hero, who played a vital part in the Reds' Champions League-winning campaign of 2005, has come out of retirement to play for Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata.

Garcia only announced his retirement at the start of 2014, but it seems the lure of football proved too much for the Spaniard as he embarks on a new chapter in his playing career.

On Facebook, the 36-year-old thanked his fans for their support and revealed his excitement at moving to India.

"I'm very exited to share with you my new challenge , I've decided to join Athletico de Kolkata in the new Indian Super League. Thanks for all your support," he posted.

Meanwhile, one of Atletico de Kolkata's owners, world-renowned cricketer Sourav Ganguly, has expressed his excitement about the project.

“Atletico de Kolkata is all set to epitomise core Bengali values and philosophy and provide the platform to nurture the raw talent available all across this state which produced some of the country’s best footballers in the past," he said.

"We will strive to showcase the finest quality of football synonymous to an iconic club like Atletico de Madrid.”

The Indian Super League is set to run for two months, beginning in September, with each 'franchise' allowed one marquee player - of which Garcia will be one.

Liverpool fans will no doubt remember the Spaniard for the famous 'ghost goal' that took the Reds past Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final of 2005. Equally memorable, though, was this strike against Juventus in the quarter-finals:

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