Diego Forlan once of Manchester United, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid has surprisingly shown up in Hong Kong of all places. It has been declared by Kitchee Football Club that he has signed for them to play the the remaining of the 2017/2018 season in Hong Kong and in the AFC Champions League at the ripe old age of 38, with Kitchee’s maiden Asian Champions league appearance the main reason why he has been signed in an attempt to boost their chances. Their first game in the competition will come against last season’s South Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at Mong Kok Stadium.
Even at 38, he is still likely to have a lot to offer the Hong Kong Premier League as his level is still expected to be higher than the majority of the players currently participating in Hong Kong. He won’t only be bringing a higher level he will also be bringing a vast tomb of experience that can be shared and help local players.
This shows that Forlan still has a massive passion to play football and doesn’t want it to end anytime soon as before showing up in Hong Kong he was playing in India for Mumbai. It is during this time in India that led him to his next club in Hong Kong. He was highly recommended to Kitchee by his former teammate at Mumbai City, ex Hungarian international Krisztian Vadocz. He becomes the league’s most high profile signing since South China signed Nicky Butt.
Kitchee is a team who only lost two games in the whole of 2017 so he will be joining a team high on confidence and is sure to get plenty of chances to score to help push the club further forward.
However Kitchee will need all of his experience and know how to make an impact in the Asian Champions league as they are by far one of the competitions minnows. If he does manage to help his new club navigate the group stage, then he will definitely go down as a legend in Hong Kong football history.