Ronaldinho And Friends
On March 12, 2017, football changed forever in Pakistan, for this is the date when two time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldinho announced that he’s coming to Pakistan. This was the first step, as six more footballers announced that they will be coming to play exhibition matches in Pakistan
The Ronaldinho And Friends event included two football exhibition matches, one in Karachi on 8th July, and one in Lahore on 9th July, 2017. Apart from Ronaldinho, players such as Ryan Giggs, Luis Boa Morte, Robert Pires, David James, George Boateng, and Nicolas Anelka also played in these games on their visit to Pakistan.
This event served as a major breakthrough for football fans in Pakistan, as they got to see their favorite football stars at a football venue in their own country, something that’s unprecedented in the history of football in Pakistan. Thousands of fans flocked to the stadiums in both the cities to watch these players play.
Moreover, not only did these international stars featured in the football game, but players scouted and selected from Leisure Leagues Pakistan also played with these legends, an opportunity unlike any other to people who dream of playing football professionally.