Kolkata: Dutch legend Marco van Basten feels that successful organisation of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, will open up new avenues, ushering a new era in Indian football.
The chief officer for technical development, FIFA, Van Basten said: "Football in India will get a new horizon with the U-17 World Cup."
The Dutch icon will see the final on 28 October along with Croatian legend Zvonimir Boban, who is now the deputy secretary general of FIFA.
Van Basten, a three-time winner of Ballon d'Or had come after watching Spain's 3-1 win over Mali in Mumbai on Wednesday.
"I can only say I was not so professional when I was 16," the FIFA 'World Player of the Year' in 1992, summed up the performance of the teams in this U-17 World Cup.
He further said Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are football's equivalent to Roger Federer-versus-Rafael Nadal in tennis.
Updated Date: Oct 27, 2017 10:52:36 IST