Former Barcelona and Spain defender Carles Puyol plays with kids at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri yesterday. Pic/PTI
Children from schools across the metropolis had a chance to display their skills in front of World Cup winner Carles Puyol at the 'Mission XI Million' festival in Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri yesterday.
More than 500 children from various academies and schools got a chance to play exhibition games with Puyol and demonstrate the skills they had gained through the initiative in front of the former Barcelona and Spain defender.
Puyol said that for the country to dream big in football, the children need to start playing at a young age.
"For India to become a footballing nation, kids need to start playing and parents, schools and other institutions have to promote the sport. Children have to practice, and they have to have fun while playing," he said.
"Mission XI Million is doing exactly that and I think it is a great step to make football in the country more popular," he added.
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