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Ronaldinho-7 win first exhibition match in Karachi

KARACHI: The team led by Ronaldinho won against Ryan Giggs’ team by 2-1 in the first international football match in Pakistan at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium, Karachi, on Saturday.

The highly anticipated match between ‘Ronaldinho-7′ and ‘Ryan Giggs-7’ featured eight international footballers who are dubbed as “Ronaldinho and Friends”. Both the teams were a mix-up of foreign and local players.

The eight of football’s biggest stars have arrived to play two exhibition matches in Pakistan in a bid to attract more footballers from cricket-mad country.

Recently retired Ronaldinho, famous for his stints with Spanish club Barcelona, is the lead attraction among the “Ronaldinho and Friends” who will play their second match in Lahore on Sunday.

Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed was also present at the hockey ground to support Ronaldinho and Friends in Karachi.

Former Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs, Brazilian Roberto Carlos, former England goalkeeper David James, Dutch star George Boateng, former French players Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka, and Portuguese player Luis Boa Morte complete the line-up.

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Ronaldinho, 37, who won the World Player of the Year twice and was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team, said he is on a goodwill mission aimed at inducing youngsters to play the game.

“I am excited at the prospect of playing in Pakistan,” he said in a statement.

“This is a great opportunity for us to induce youngsters in Pakistan and we will do our best to do that.”

CEO Leisure Leagues, Ishaq Shah said that this event will help in many ways to promote the game of football in Pakistan.

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