Czech legend Pavel Nedved has delighted fans by coming out of retirement in his homeland at the age of 45.
The former Lazio and Juventus midfielder, who won 91 caps for his country and won the Ballon d’Or in 2003, has signed for amateur side FK Skalna.
He is currently vice-chairman at Juventus, but the Italian champions have permitted Nedved the chance to play in the occasional match.
Intriguingly, Nedved’s son, Pavel Jr, is also on the books at Skalna, so we could well see lad and dad line up together at some stage this season.
The clubs have agreed to publish terms. However, it is not yet clear when Pavel will join the team and when he will play in one of the championship games, as he is busy as Juventus vice-president.
Nedved spent his younger career playing for Prague clubs Dukla and Sparta in his homeland, before signing for Lazio in 1996. He made the switch to Juventus in 2001, going on to win two more league titles and also reach the final of the 2003 Champions League, where they lost on penalties to Milan.