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

'I can only say I was not so professional when I was 16,' added Basten.

PTI October 27, 2017 10:47:34 IST
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.

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 Marco van Basten says event will help Indian football get a new horizon

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.

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