Alex Song shockingly signs for side in Djibouti aged 33

Alex Song’s fall from the top will surely go down in history. Just six years ago he was playing for FC Barcelona. A few years before that he was a key member of Arsenal’s midfield.

The AFCON runner-up shocked many today when it was reported that he signed for Djibouti Premier League side Arta Solar 7.

Song, 33, has been without a club since Swiss Super League side FC Sion terminated his contract shortly after the coronavirus pandemic halted football across the globe.

According to reports in Cameroonian media, the veteran midfielder has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year.

It marks a major decline in the career of the midfielder who Barcelona paid £15 million for in 2012.

The 49-time capped Cameroon international moved to Russian side Rubin Kazan in 2016 from Barcelona after two successive loan spells at West Ham United.

He joins the likes of Asamoah Gyan in the list of former star players who are returning to Africa in the twilight of their careers. Listen to the AFHQ Podcast where we discuss other players who could return to African football.