Former world’s most expensive player Denilson comes out of retirement aged 44

Denilson, who was once the world's most expensive footballer, has announced his sensational return to the sport with Ibis Sport Club.

The Brazilian, 44, became the world's most expensive player when he made the switch from Sao Paulo to Real Betis in 1998 for £21.5million. Denilson also went on to win the 2002 World Cup as part of the Brazilian squad.

However, 12 years after initially retiring, in 2010, Denilson is back in the beautiful game after signing with Ibis Sport Club. Denilson's new side play in the Campeonato Pernambucano, the highest level of state football in the region of Pernambuco.

"I can talk now! IT'S OFFICIAL! The invitation appeared and reflecting with my family… the father here decided to return to football after 12 years," Denilson said after confirming the move.

"From today I wear the shirt of @ibismania!"

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While Ibis said: "With Ibis, nothing is impossible. Last year, we went up to the first…And this year…THE IMPOSSIBLE HAPPENED AGAIN!"

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Denilson is best remembered for his time at Betis – where he spent seven years.

But the Brazilian also had spells at Bordeaux, FC Dallas, and in Vietnam and in Greece.

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