Former international superstars including Brazilians Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos and Ryan Giggs have flown to Pakistan to play a couple of seven-a-side exhibition match. This has been organized to boost sports in the country of Pakistan.
Other players who are included in this tour are George Boateng, Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka and David James. Roberto Carlos, however, is expected to arrive late. Reportedly, the players are being paid a large sum of money (between USD 300,000 to USD 600,000) to play a couple of exhibition matches.
Commenting on the event, Pakistan football captain Kaleemullah said, “For us it’s a big moment. We didn’t ever dream that such big stars will come to Pakistan. I grew up watching Ronaldinho on television and I still can’t believe it, he’s in Pakistan.”
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho said in a statement, “I am excited at the prospect of playing in Pakistan.” While former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs spoke to Geo Television and said, “”Pakistani fans have not seen (international) players. This is a great opportunity to see footballers live and in their home country,
Meanwhile, tickets for the match were priced from 2,000 to 30,000 rupees. An additional 1,000 free tickets for young people in Karachi are also supposed to be given out. The players after flying in from Dubai are set to attend a reception in Rawalpindi and from there will reach Karachi for the first exhibition match. While Karachi will hold the first match, Lahore will host the second exhibition on Sunday.