STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Brazilian Ronaldinho Gets Tumultuous Welcome in Kerala

Ronaldinho is here after being named as the brand ambassador of the Sait Nagjee Football Tournament that is being revived after a gap of 21 years.

Published: 24th January 2016 04:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th January 2016 04:40 PM   |  A+A-

Ronaldinho_AP
By IANS

KOZHIKODE (Kerala): Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho on Sunday got a tumultuous welcome on his maiden visit to the state with thousands turning out to greet the football wizard.

Ronaldinho is here after being named as the brand ambassador of the Sait Nagjee Football Tournament that is being revived after a gap of 21 years. Even though the tournament is to begin on February 5 here, the organisers have brought in the two-time World Player of the Year to ensure that they get a very strong pre-event publicity.

Arriving from Dubai on Sunday morning at Kochi, Ronaldinho flew in to Kozhikode on a helicopter and here, the football lovers from Kozhikode and Malappuram turned out in huge numbers. After seeing the crowd, the 2002 World Cup-winner first retreated and appeared a while later.

Spotted wearing dark sunglasses and a sleeveless singlet, the playmaker found it tough to reach his vehicle. From the airport to the hotel, he was taken in a procession of 500 two-wheelers with several turning up to see him on the drive to the hotel.

Ronaldinho was capped 97 times by his country in which he scored 33 goals. He also played for top clubs like Paris St. Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan.

The 35-year-old will be given a civic reception here in the evening where the trophy of the tournament would be handed to him. On Monday, he is to visit a state-run school to interact with the children.

The tournament will see the participation of seven teams from Europe, South America besides one I-League team. The last time the tournament was held in 1995, JCT Mills beat Dempo Goa to clinch the title.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp