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Cannavaro believes the sport will only improve in Singapore with more investment.

Cannavaro: Singapore needs to put money into football facilities

Cannavaro believes the sport will only improve in Singapore with more investment.

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The Italian feels Singaporeans were highly passionate about football but believes that more investment has to be pumped into the sport for it to develop further

Former Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has advised that for Singapore’s football to develop, vast improvements to football facilities and courses will be essential.

Speaking to Goal Singapore exclusively, Cannavaro displayed a relaxed demeanour as he declared his love for the country after being back here for a second time for the Tiger Street Football event.

However, the 2006 Fifa World Player of the Year soon turned serious as he provided advice on how Singapore could best progress in its level of football.

“If you want to improve the football, of course you need to put attention on the academy, on the school, the facility,” Cannavaro said.

“I think the most important thing, if you want to develop the football here, you need to put money on the facility.”

The 40-year-old also shared that he felt honoured to have played alongside several greats, especially with Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Having had a glittering football career littered with trophies and playing with world-class teammates, Cannavaro admitted that he desires to return to football in a coaching capacity after a stint as assistant coach of Dubai-based club, Al-Ahli.

Even though the Italian has little experience in coaching, he revealed his long-term aim is to eventually be the head coach of Italy, or at a reputable club within Europe.

“Of course when you are starting to be a coach you want to do your best and my national team is my dream,” Cannavaro declared.

“But not only my national team. I think the top clubs in Europe, l am looking forward to that.”