LAHORE – At least eight international footballers including former Brazilian footballers Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos are arriving in Pakistan today (Thursday).
According to Radio Pakistan, Brazilian football celebrity Ronaldinho will be accompanied by Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning teammate, Roberto Carlos, former French midfielder Robert Pires, France’s Nicolas Anelka, Portugal’s Luis Boa Morte, Holland’s George Boateng, England’s David James and former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs.
Ronaldinho will lead the team which will play two matches during its visit to Pakistan. The first match will be played tomorrow (Friday) at Hockey Club of Pakistan in Karachi and second on Sunday in Lahore.
The matches will be played under lights. The foreign footballers will be arriving Islamabad on July 8 morning and from there they will be flying to Karachi before meeting the Army Chief.
The match will be seven or six a side fixture to be played on July 8 evening at Abdul Sattar Edhi hockey stadium Karachi.
Ronaldinho will lead one team and Ryan Giggs will captain the other side. Both the teams will be a mix-up of foreign and local players.
For home players, it will be the most valuable and memorable moment of their lives and football career as they will be rubbing shoulders with those top of line football players whom they have seen playing on TV.
CEO Leisure Leagues, Ishaq Shah believes the tour will help in many ways to promote football in Pakistan. Ronaldinho will also be inaugurating a football academy being set up in DHA Lahore.