The Indian cricket team captain has agreed a deal with Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani of Asian Paints to be one of the co-owners of the team. The stakes in the club are yet to be revealed. Dhoni will have an official press conference later today to confirm this decision.
“This is a big development for Indian football as the captain of the Indian cricket team has become the co-owner of Chennaiyn FC,” according to a source from IMG-Reliance. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli have already invested in the ISL and are co-owners of Kerala Blasters, Atletico de Kolkata and FC Goa respectively.
“Soccer is extremely exciting and very close to my heart. I was a goal keeper during my school days. Even today, I play soccer as a warm up game ahead of key cricket matches. I feel that Indian sports fans should consume different types of sports. I want them to be passionate about cricket as they are, but at the same time one needs to give healthy respect to other disciplines as well.”
“It is critical to spread the message of overall sports development and promotion in the country,” Dhoni was quoted saying last year.
Dhoni is an ardent fan of Premier League giants, Manchester United and visited the Old Trafford back in August this year. Dhoni’s love for football is well known and it was football, and no cricket which was his first love as a youngster.
“When I was 12 or 13 there used to be a camp for football and I was quite inclined towards football, so I started going there and practised for a couple of years. After that we needed a wicketkeeper in our school team and our games teacher said, ‘Look, the basics are the same, you’re a goalkeeper so just move and catch the ball.”
“That’s how it started, but initially I was a footballer and I still love football. I support Manchester United. Our first-class season used to start in September-October. I used to come back from the ground and watch the Premiership games. I also used to love Zidane,” the 33-year old had mentioned.