Panaji: Brazilian great Ronaldinho, who enthralled the crowd with his deft skills during the first two matches of the Premier Futsal, will not be a part of the Goa leg as he has left for his country.
Ronaldinho will be replaced by former Brazilian captain Cafu, who is a double World Cup winner (1994 and 2002).
It has been learnt that Ronaldinho has been appointed 'Brand Ambassador' of Paralympic Games in Rio which will be held right after the Olympic Games and he needed to head back to his country.
After his fine performance on Sunday against Bengaluru, the Goan crowd was expecting him to lit the Futsal turf at Pedem, Mapusa but were disappointed about hearing the news that he has left for Brazil.
"It is unfortunate that I have to leave for my home country Brazil as my country's commitment comes first. The para-Olympics committee has honoured me to be their ambassador, which requires me to be in Brazil. I was looking forward towards being in Goa, but I learnt only yesterday of this development. I am delighted to spend these days in your beautiful country and promote the game i grew up playing," Ronaldinho was quoted as saying in a press release.
"But I promise to be back for season 2 of Premier Futsal, much stronger. I am leaving you in great hands, Cafu, will replace me as your marquee player. He is a very dear friend and is a top quality player and I am sure he will light the league up," stated Ronaldinho.
Goa play their last match from their group "B" against Kolkata in the first match on Tuesday at Pedem ground, Mapusa.
First Published On : Jul 18, 2016 21:16 IST