FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017​: Marco van Basten says event will help Indian football 'get a new horizon'

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.

File image of Former Dutch player Marco van Basten. Reuters

File image of Former Dutch player Marco van Basten. Reuters

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 AM

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