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I remember Ronaldo's heroics in 2002: Abhishek Nayar

Monday, 2 June 2014 - 5:41am IST | Agency: dna

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My favourite team is Spain. I have followed them closely for a long time. I like their style of playing, game-plans and formations. It is a treat to watch them. However, my favourite footballer is Lionel Messi and its wonderful that he plays for my favourite club — Barcelona.

To be honest, I wanted to become a footballer when I was young. I studied in Bombay Scottish, and I also represented my school in football tournaments. I have played in the national level too.

But when I was 13, my father decided I should switch to cricket as football did not have future in India. I stuck to cricket but I believe I am a pretty good footballer.

Every World Cup has its own moments. The one which is still fresh in my mind is the one in 2002. Ronaldo was exceptional for Brazil. I still remember all the goals he shot. Brazil had a strong team that year and they are the reason I got hooked to the sport.

Even though Spain was phenomenal in the last two World Cups, you cannot write off Brazil. They are the team to watch out for.

I wish I could visit a stadium and watch one of the matches. I had tried going for one of the English Premier League matches when I was in the UK but it did not work out.

Hopefully, I will be able to watch a few of them in future.

This World Cup, a Spain-Brazil final would be ultimate for me.


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