Everyone would like to own cricket teams in India but only someone like Ranbir Kapoor (or Abhishek Bachchan or John Abraham) would actually go ahead and buy stakes in a football team. Because he owns a football team, the Mumbai city football club which is a part of the Indian super league football tournament and vows to make Indian football go international.
So why is it that he chose football and not cricket? “ It’s a great thing, and every sport should be encouraged in the country. Cricket is our first love, but that doesn’t mean we should not give kabaddi or football a platform.More than anything, you are giving opportunities to the youth to become a football player or kabaddi player and not necessarily a cricketer.”
And this is what the Kapoor lad said about making Indian football big, “It’s about the quality of the game and how well Star Sports markets the game. All the people who are involved – like IMG Reliance, Hero, franchise owners and everyone, wants to put their best foot forward and create a league that is engaging and entertaining and has quality football. Hopefully we can have our own Indian football team which can play in the World Cup.”
Someday, let’s hope that it does actually happen! And just in case you didn’t know, the ISL football tournament was won by the Jaipur Pink Panthers which is owned by Abhishek Bachchan last Sunday…