Not only is he set to become the first player from Ivory Coast to play in the Brazilian top flight but Salomon Kalou has also been recruited by Botafogo to help them both on and off the pitch.
Kalou left his previous club Hertha Berlin in acrimonious fashion over a suspension before joining Botafogo, who previously had been looking to sign both Yaya Toure and John Obi Mikel.
The former Chelsea and Lille player is Botafogo’s second marquee signing following the arrival of former AC Milan and Japan star Keisuke Honda in February.
“Botafogo needs a striker with an international reputation, an experienced striker who can score goals,” Tulio Maravilha, who won the Brazilian championship with Botafogo in 1995, told BBC Sport Africa. (BBC)