Arsenal legend Robert Pires will be playing for FC Goa in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. The French international earned 79 caps between 1996 and 2004 for his country, including winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup and EUFA Euro 2000. He is best known for his stint with Arsenal where he three FA Cups and two Premier League titles. 

Robert Pires: “I’m excited to play for FC Goa in the inaugural season of the ISL. I look forward to my time in Goa and India and to contribute positively to the development of football in the country.”

Pires explained the reporters why he chose India over life of America or the oil-filled riches of Qatar. 

He said: “For me the project and the passion for the game are very important. India needs a start. You need to progress. And for me, that was important. I had offers from the USA and Qatar but I wanted to be part of a new beginning for the sport in India. As for the conditions, we all know about them — but I’m ready and training hard. I like the pressure.”

Former Manchester United player and French International Louis Saha believes Robert Pires will add a touch of class in the Indian Super League.

“Robert Pires is a class player and a player who is enjoyable to watch so it’s a real pleasure to see him commit to the Indian Super League,” Saha told Sky Sports.

“I know that Robert is a very motivated player. He wants to play, he wants to enjoy his football and he’s missing it so he will definitely bring that enthusiasm. On top of that, he’s a winner and you have to keep that in mind because it’s a tournament and he will want to win it.”