In 2017, UK’s largest amateur football league, the ‘Leisure Leagues’ decided to expand its operations into Pakistan.
Within five months, the organization has revolutionized football development here. It has established a league for 5-man and 6-man teams in Pakistan and invited world-class footballers to play matches here as well.
It all started when the Leisure Leagues initially announced that legendary footballer Ronaldinho will be visiting Pakistan in the upcoming summer months.
From here on, the organization managed to attract other prominent international and local footballers who will feature in a 7-man-team exhibition match between Pakistan Stars and Rest of World Stars.
The complete list of international football stars (so far) includes:
- Ronaldinho (Brazil)
- David James (England)
- George Boateng (Netherlands)
- Nicolas Anelka (France)
- Robert Pires (France)
The latest entry to the list is Arsenal and French football legend, Robert Pires. After the announcement, the organizers released the following video:
— World Group (@wgtrunkwala1912) May 20, 2017
Leisure Leagues’ Ishaq Shah said that Pires is a big name in football. He added:
Robert Pires is a true legend of the game and I am sure that with his experience of playing at the top level and winning almost everything in football, he is going to play an immense role in helping us achieve our dream.
About Robert Pires
Pires has been an iconic figure in the history of football. From 1996 to 2004, Pires played 79 games for his country in which he managed to win 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.
On club level, Pires managed to make a total of staggering 537 appearances. He has played for Metz, Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal, Aston Villa and FC Goa.
He has been included in the PFA Team of the Year for 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, was the Player of the Tournament for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, FWA Player of the Year for the 2001–02 season, Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year for the 1995–96 season, and was included in the FIFA 100 by Pele.
He was also voted by Arsenal fans as the 6th greatest player in the club’s history.