New Delhi, Oct.11 (ANI): Former Premier League footballer Mark Seagraves believes that Brazilian legend Pele’s visit to India is a great achievement for the footballers of the ‘sleeping giants of world football’.
“It is a great achievement for the people from all over the world to get such a world star. Pele is renowned for being probably the best footballer that has ever played football. And for him to come here it is great achievement and it is great for Indian football also,” said Seagraves, the former Liverpool and Manchester City player, in an exclusive interview to ANI.
Recalling his fond memories of the Brazilian, Seagraves said, “I remember him in the world cups. He was absolutely amazing and was streaks ahead of everybody else at that time. Anyone who plays football or is being involved in football will tell you that he is probably the best player to have ever played.”
Pele, who arrived in India after a long gap of 38 years, will kick-start his three-day Kolkata visit on Monday by revisiting the historic Eden Gardens ground, where the city’s football fans had seen Pele playing in a friendly exhibition match for American side New York Cosmos against local powerhouse Mohun Bagan in 1977.
On Tuesday, Pele will be the guest of honour at the Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions Atletico de Kolkata’s home game against Kerala Blasters.
Pele won three World Cups as a player and has been named Football Player of the Century by FIFA, Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee, and a national treasure by Brazil’s government. (ANI)
By Sajin Saju/Vivek Prabhakar Singh