Sporting his infectious goofy grin, ‘Samba Magician’ Ronaldinho forged a spell on the football-crazy denizens of Kolkata as his arrival for a two-day go to in Kolkata ushered in an early onset of the Durga Puja competition. The Durga Puja, the grandest competition within the area, historically commences on the sixth day (Shasthi) following Mahalaya, however it acquired rolling on the second day itself with the ‘Gaucho’ inaugurating a collection of pandals. On a day Union Residence Minister Amit Shah additionally got here to inaugurate a Durga Puja pandal, it was the Brazil legend who took all of the limelight. Wherever he went, chants of ‘Ronaldinho, Ronaldinho’ and ‘Brazil, Brazil’ echoed by way of the group, as tons of of followers eagerly gathered to catch a glimpse of the previous Barcelona and AC Milan star.
Ronaldinho acquired himself dressed up in informal shorts, a loosely-fitted navy blue T-shirt, and topping it together with his signature snapback cap.
“Muchas gracias. Mucho carino (many thanks, a lot affection),” the ‘King of Jogo Bonito’ conveyed with ‘I Love You’ gesture together with his goofy smile charming his followers who adopted him in all places he went.
The 43-year-old Brazilian nice, who checked in late on Sunday, defied jetlag and started his day heading to inaugurate his academy — “R10” — at Merlin Rise residential advanced on the jap suburbs.
A whole bunch of children of varied age teams gathered on the academy to catch a glimpse of their favorite Brazilian star, who shot himself into limelight together with his extraordinary dribbling expertise, shut ball management, and creativity on the sphere throughout their 2002 World Cup triumph, the final one for the five-time champions.
A large display on the backdrop of the stage confirmed Ronaldinho’s magical soccer moments, together with his spectacular long-range free-kick that just about ended England’s destiny within the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal.
His subsequent vacation spot was in north Kolkata, the place he inaugurated a Durga Puja pandal designed round a Disneyland theme. Ronaldinho acquired a conventional Hindu welcome, with a tilak on brow as he confirmed curiosity, exploring the pandal whereas inquiring concerning the rituals.
Ronaldinho additionally paid floral tributes to a statue of Argentine icon Diego Maradona who additionally had enthralled Kolkata’s soccer followers throughout his twin visits in 2008 and 2017.
Calling on Mamata Banerjee was the following on Ronaldinho’s agenda, as he headed to the West Bengal chief minister’s residence in Kalighat the place officers of the ‘Large Three’ golf equipment — Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting — welcomed him.
“The CM briefed him concerning the golf equipment’ century-old legacies, and he appeared deeply engrossed. The CM additionally requested him to contemplate sending extra Brazilian gamers to Kolkata to raise the requirements of the sport. All of us offered him with membership jerseys,” East Bengal’s prime official, Nitu Sarkar, informed PTI.
Ronaldinho additionally met with East Bengal sponsors later within the day.
The Brazilian then took half in an official trophy handing ceremony of the Calcutta Soccer League Premier Division event, crowning Mohammedan Sporting champions on the Indian Soccer Affiliation.
There have been extra Durga Puja pandal inauguration,