Figo, Kaka seek 'promise' of football in cricket-mad Pakistan

We are here to help develop the game in Pakistan: Figo

Portuguese extraordinary Luis Figo and Brazilian star Kaka Thursday pledged to help build up the "great promise" of football in Pakistan, a nation fixated on cricket and twice banned from international soccer. 

The two legends - who both played for Spanish club Real Madrid - are in Pakistan for multi day-long visit as a component of the Wold Soccer Stars visit, went for prepping beginning ability through show matches and training facilities. 

The 2000 Ballon d'Or victor Figo, employing a cricket bat in a gesture to the diversion's prevalence in Pakistan, told journalists in the southern port city of Karachi that he was "energized" to be there. 

"There is an extraordinary guarantee of football in Pakistan so we are here to help build up the amusement," said Figo, who additionally played for Barcelona before resigning in 2009. 

Kaka, himself conveying a cricket ball, said the match were "submitted" to advancing football comprehensively. 

"We ... have a decent impression of Pakistan," included the 2007 Ballon d'Or victor, who likewise played for AC Milan and resigned in 2017. 

Pakistan flaunted a best 10 put in Asian football until the mid 1970s, however an absence of government support and poor foundation have seen them sink to 199 in the FIFA rankings. 

Pakistan was prohibited in 1995 and again in 2017 over damaging FIFA's standard that all alliances must be free of any legislature and legal obstruction in their separate nations. 

The latest boycott was lifted in 2018, however Pakistan is very nearly a third strike after the leader of its organization declined to acknowledge the aftereffects of a disputable administration race held a month ago. 


Cricket is ruler in the South Asian nation of in excess of 200 million individuals, which has never met all requirements for the FIFA World Cup. 

Be that as it may, a 2017 visit by eight universal stars driven by Brazilian legend Ronaldhino demonstrated the diversion is picking up prominence, with more youthful ages revering any semblance of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luca Modric. 

Figo and Kaka supported FIFA's position of expanding the quantity of World Cup groups from 32 to 48 in the 2026 occasion to be co-facilitated by the US, Mexico and Canada. 

It signifies "more players and more chances", Figo stated, while Kaka trusted Pakistan would grab the possibility and show up in the World Cup "soon". 

Pakistan football crew skipper Saddam Hussain additionally met Figo and Kaka, while a large group of youthful fans got signatures and took selfies with the two players. 

The two stars will likewise visit Lahore later Thursday, and are relied upon to return for display matches and instructing facilities from April 23-26 this year.

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