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Ronaldinho, seven other int’l footballers arrive in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Eight international footballers, including former Brazilian footballers Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, have arrived in Pakistan Saturday morning. According to Samaa, the star footballers reached Pakistan on board special plane amid stringent security arrangements at Islamabad airport. The security arrangements have been put in place under the aegis of Pakistan Army. The international players were...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 8, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 8, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

ISLAMABAD: Eight international footballers, including former Brazilian footballers Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, have arrived in Pakistan Saturday morning.

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According to Samaa, the star footballers reached Pakistan on board special plane amid stringent security arrangements at Islamabad airport.

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The security arrangements have been put in place under the aegis of Pakistan Army. The international players were escorted from airport to the hotel under tightened VVIP security.

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The soccer superstars will meet top military brass including Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa today.

Brazilian football celebrity Ronaldinho is accompanied by Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning teammate, Roberto Carlos, former French midfielder 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 Giggs.

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Ronaldinho will lead the team which will play two matches during its visit to Pakistan.

The first match will be played on Saturday at Hockey Club of Pakistan in Karachi and second on Sunday in Lahore.

The match will be seven or six a side fixture to be played on July 8 evening at Abdul Sattar Edhi hockey stadium Karachi.

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England’s David James and Dutch star George Boateng are also among the top former players to feature in exhibition games in Pakistan.

Ronaldinho will lead one team and Ryan Giggs will captain the other side. Both the teams will be a mix-up of foreign and local players.

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CEO Leisure Leagues, Ishaq Shah believes the tour will help in many ways to promote football in Pakistan. Ronaldinho will also be inaugurating a football academy being set up in DHA Lahore. – Samaa

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