LAHORE – The most expensive tickets in Pakistan’s history, for the historic football match featuring world’s biggest soccer stars is now on.
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The price of the tickets has surpassed the previous price tickets of all the major sports, even cricket, the most popular sport of the country.
For the Lahore match, six category of tickets have been offered, Platinum plus (Rs 12,500), platinum (Rs 12000), Gold (Rs 8000), Silver (Rs 5,500) Bronze (Rs 2000) and VVIP (Rs 30,000).
Tickets are now available at McDonald’s outlets and one can also be bought online at www.ronaldinhoandfriends.com and q-tickets.com.
The list of the top of the line footballers includes Brazilian football celerity Ronaldinho who will be accompanied by Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning teammate, Roberto Carlos, former French mid fielder 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 Goggs.
The two match series with the first game slated for tomorrow, Saturday at Karachi has been named “Leisure Leagues Pakistan” and the tour has been arranged by World Group led by Mahmood Trunkwala.
Ronaldinho will be leading one team and Ryan Giggs will captain the other side. Both the teams will be a mix-up of foreign and local players.
The price of tickets is quite high but diehard lovers of the game are committed to watch the game as for them it is a rare opportunity to watch world’s top notch footballer in their own country.
“I will be going with my family to watch the match, obviously we can not afford high price value tickets but we are happy to buy five Bronze category tickets for us,” said Ahmad Sohaib while talking to APP on Friday.
Saadoon Ali, a student of MBBS in a local medical college said he does not have enough pocket money to buy the ticket plus his busy study schedule does not allow him to go to stadium to watch the match.
“Obviously I will be watching the match on TV,” he said. People of Lahore are quite excited to be a part of such a high profile football activity and termed it a memorable moment in the history of sports.
“After the PSL final here in March it is going to be another top level international sports activity and we are glad that Pakistan is hosting world’s best known footballers,” said a group of former and present international players of football.
They said the presence of the world renowned footballers will be a history making moment in Pakistan sports, specially football.
They said the successful holding of the two match series in Pakistan will re-establish country’s soft image sending a positive message to the world that Pakistan is safe for international sports event.-APP