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Extra Time: Non-league Farnborough 'sign' Messi, Pele and Maradona

Non-league outfit Farnborough FC have signed legends of the game including Lionel Messi, Pele and Diego Maradona ... in a way.

As part of an unusual sponsorship agreement with bookmakers Paddy Power, the Skrill South side have not only renamed their ground and updated their kit – all of their players, as well as their manager, have legally changed their names to those of footballing icons.

Players such as Alan Inns, Matt Ball and Dave Tarpey have swapped monikers by deed poll with greats who played in their respective positions, from Franz Beckenbauer to Paul Gascoigne.

Even their boss, formerly known as Spencer Day, has adopted the new identity of Jose Mourinho.

"The end result is that, on paper, the Skrill South team will be without doubt the best combination of playing talent that has ever been assembled," a Farnborough press release boasted.

"It's not just the Farnborough FC faithful, all Skrill South fans now need only to travel to Paddy Power Park, and not Camp Nou, to see some of the world's best players."

As well as attracting the biggest names in football to the sixth tier, the deal secures Farnborough's financial future, having been in administration since April.