The Bollywood star in a recent charity football event candidly spoke about his love for 'the beautiful game' and how he envisages a bright future for Indian football...
The avid Chelsea supporter says his ultimate dream would be to see the country's football team in the World Cup finals.
Abhishek very well understands the influence he can bring about in the game in India with the position of stardom he is in. "I would like to do whatever I can to popularise this sport. My dream would be to see Indian team in the World Cup finals. I think we have the talent but we need to get the right infrastructure and right support," he said in an interview with the PTI.
The 37-year-old actor believes that once the public starts supporting football, the authorities will be forced to improve the infrastructure.
He also believes in the changing trend of football following in the country. "I think the youth of India is currently tilting more towards football than cricket. Why not set a goal that by 2020 we would be a competitive football nation," he said.
Abhishek and cricketer Virat Kohli were in the city last evening to launch the inaugural charity match between Bollywood stars and Indian cricketers on March 30 in Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.
They unveiled the jersey and the trophy for the match called 'Playing for Humanity'. The event also marked the launch of 'Virat Kohli Foundation'.
The junior Bachchan will lead the squad for the 'All-Stars Football Club' against Virat's 'All Heart Football Club' to raise money for a charity organisation called 'Magic Bus', which works for underprivileged children.
'Playing for Humanity' is an idea which a bunch of very passionate football fans came up with. It was started and conceptualised by Bunty Walia and GS Entertainment. And we decided to play together primarily to popularise the sport and raise money for the charity," concluded Abhishek.
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