Simao announced as NorthEast United's marquee signing

The 35-year-old who has plied his trade for Atletico Madrid and Benfica shall don the colours of NorthEast United...

Football fans in the north east are set to witness a Europa League winner play in their own backyard  as Simao Sabrosa joins NorthEast United FC for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Sabrosa has had an illustrious career wherein he has won several club honours such as Copa Del Rey and Europa League amongst others.

The 35-year-old has made 85 appearances from the Portugal national team and scored on 22 occasions.

He started his career with Sporting CP before moving to Spanish giants, Barcelona. Thereafter, he served Benfica for six long years.

A move to Spain once again beckoned as he was part of the Atletico Madrid squad between 2007 and 2010.

Following a couple of seasons with Turkish giants, Besiktas, he was roped in by Espanyol, Barcelona’s arch city rivals.

However, since the end of 2014 season, he hasn’t played professionally. It is also reliably learnt that the Portuguese was on the lookout for an ISL club last season but a move eventually didn’t materialize.