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Wayne Rooney to visit India to promote Indian Super League, claims Sourav Ganguly

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:23 IST

After Brazilian football legend Pele confirmed his plans to visit India later this year, another football great is likely to set foot in the South Asian country during the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Sourav Ganguly, co-owner of ISL franchise Atletico de Kolkata claimed on Wednesday, 9 September, that Manchester United and England skipper Wayne Rooney would be visiting Kolkata to promote the tournament.

"Rooney will be coming here as part of the ISL, so it will not just be about Pele," the former Indian cricket captain told reporters in Kolkata.

Ganguly has already shot a promotional for the ISL earlier this week, and according to reports, Rooney is part of that ISL promotional and is likely to visit the city in November.

The tournament organisers of the ISL were not available for a comment on the development, while another source rubbished the report.

"It's a rumour. How can Rooney come? England are supposed to play two friendlies (against Spain on November 13 and France on November 17)," he said of the striker who went past Sir Bobby Charlton's tally of 49 England goals.

However, the Manchester United striker does not have any club commitment during this period and it remains to be seen whether the city will have a tryst with another football icon.

Pele, it was announced by his agent, will be arriving in the city for a three-day visit from October 11 and be the guest of honour at ATK's first home match in the second season of ISL, against Kerala Blasters, the following day at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Saltlake.

Pele's visit will mark his return to the city 38 years after he played an exhibition match for Cosmos against Mohun Bagan. In recent past, the football-mad city has hosted greats like Diego Maradona, Karl- Heinz Rummenigge, Lionel Messi, Oliver Kahn, Diego Forlan and Gerd Muller among others.


First published: 10 September 2015, 2:28 IST