Pakistan’s former all-rounder Shahid Afridi took to micro-blogging website Twitter to welcome Brazilian poster boy of football Ronaldinho after the legend made an announcement through a video message while holding up Pakistan’s national flag by stating that he will be visiting Pakistan in July.
“Pakistan, I am coming” Ronaldinho said in his video message on Sunday.
Last week, the 36-year-old celebrated footballer Ronaldinho sent Pakistan football fans into a frenzy after his much-awaited announcement to visit Pakistan soon while expressing his excitement.
Given this, Pakistan cricket icon Afridi welcomed him in his own style by expressing it is nice to see internationals sports star visiting his country.
The Porto Alegre-born midfielder Ronaldinho has praised the 37-year-old Afridi in a series of tweets by stating him as the hero of Pakistan in Portuguese.
“Happy by the words [of] Shahid Afridi BOOM BOOM cricket hero from Pakistan. I look forward to my visit to Pakistan in July ,” the former Barcelona star tweeted wo has also been roped as an ambassador of the club.
In the series of tweets, Afridi also gave a hint to Ronaldinho while stating that he would show his foundation (Shahid Afridi Foundation) to the ace footballer, who was also the part of Brazil football-winning World Cup squad.
However, Ronaldinho has also been religiously involved in the charity work which further included the promotional events.
The reports suggest Ronaldinho is expected to play the seven-a-side football exhibition match in Karachi which is being organised by Leisure Leagues, the United Kingdom-based organisation.
“There is no doubt the staging of the PSL has provided a comfort zone and the visit of these foreign stars will rebrand Pakistan as hub of sports,” Ishaq Shah, CEO of Leisure Leagues Pakistan was quoted as saying by AFP.
On Pakistan’s visit, it has also been stated the footballer could be flanked by former England goalkeeper David James and Dutch midfielder George Boateng.
Ronaldinho has played a pivotal role while winning the 2002 World Cup for Brazil against Germany and later on in 2006, he had also helped his side and Spanish club Barcelona – to become the champions of the UEFA Champions League.
Here’s the timeline of the tweets between a cricketer and footballer:
— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) March 12, 2017
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 14, 2017
Feliz pelas palavras Shahid Afridi BOOM BOOM herói de críquete do Paquistão. Aguardo c grande expectativa minha visita ao Paquistão em julho
— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) March 15, 2017
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 15, 2017