Rivaldo hopes to comeback to India
Rivaldo was in India as a Delhi Dynamos guest and attended a youth tournament as part of the club’s grassroots program.
The former Barcelona attacking midfielder said that he was happy with the hospitality he received in India. He said that he was excited to be in India and hoped that he would get another chance to come back.
”I am very excited to be in India. I thank India for the great hospitality. I hope I will be back very soon,” the former Milan man told.
He also said India should follow Japan to grow Football in the nation.
“It is very important that big names coming from overseas teach the young players here. It’s important they see the big stars train, observe them carefully, listen and learn from them.
“When Zico (Brazilian legend) was in Japan towards the end of his international coaching career, they recruited a lot of foreign players but, at the same time, the Japanese were also very dedicated and hard working and those qualities helped them learn quickly.
“Now they don’t need any foreign players. They have inculcated Zico’s philosophy and methodology and they are going along, playing in the World Cups. I hope this happens in India also,” Rivaldo said.
Before him another Brazilian former star Dunga, Uruguayan great Diego Forlan and Zico himself had asked India to follow the Japanese model.