Colombian great Carlos Valderrama is on a three day visit to the football crazy city of Kolkata. Reaching there, the very first thing he did was to meet Kolkata’s favorite son Sourav Ganguly. Next he played a bit of football and also scored a goal meanwhile at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Busy with a promotional shoot at the Eden, the city’s cricket icon was perhaps unaware of the Colombian legend’s visit as Valderrama, accompanied by his wife Elvira, had to wait briefly for ‘Dada’ to finish the shoot.
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The duo exchanged pleasantries and spoke about cricket as Valderrama, sporting a Mohun Bagan jersey, looked excited while giving a thumbs-up to the crowd.
“He has heard a few things about cricket so we took him to Eden Gardens to meet Ganguly. It was just a perfect meeting of the two legends of different sports. Yes, they spoke about cricket,” an official involved with the trip said.
“It was great meeting with the Colombian great. We have seen his exploits in the 1990 World Cup,” a Mohun Bagan player said after sharing a photo frame along with Valderrama.
The Colombian arrived on Thursday after participating in a legends exhibition football match in Mumbai to mark the 30 days’ countdown to the U-17 World Cup.
He will attend a football workshop at a school on Saturday before concluding his trip.
By Anshuman Roy