KARACHI: The team led by Ronaldinho won against Ryan Giggs’ team by 2-0 in the second football exhibition match at Fortress Stadium in Lahore on Saturday.
Both the goals were scored by Pakistani players. Earlier, on Saturday Ronaldinho’s team won the first exhibition match as well that was played in Karachi.
The highly anticipated matches 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.
— Football Planet (@FoootballPlanet) July 8, 2017
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.
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.
Pakistan showcased top security for the visiting world class footballers to successfully stage the event.
Addressing a press conference prior to the match in Lahore, Ryan Giggs said that Pakistan is a safe country and international players should come here. “We want to give a message that Pakistan is a safe country to visit.”
Giggs also said Pakistan had immense talent in football. “Football is huge here especially with the younger generation,” he said thanking for the hospitality and saying that they know more about Pakistan now than just cricket.
“Pakistan is good place to come and the there is love for football here,” he said and raised slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
🏆😀 Thanks Pakistan! #🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/oFqY0rzaeW
— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) July 9, 2017
— Football Planet (@FoootballPlanet) July 9, 2017