The draw for the group stage of the AFC Champions League ignited the Indian newspapers and social networking websites on Thursday, after dropping Al Hilal, led by its Brazilian star Neymar, in a single group with Mumbai Metropolis, so that everybody was ready for the primary historic go to of the Brazilian nationwide crew’s prime scorer to the nation of a billion and a half individuals.
And the Indian Specific web site said: Neymar will play in India for the primary time, however it’s not the primary for the Brazilians. In 1977, Pele surprised hundreds in Kolkata when he got here with the New York Cosmos to play in opposition to Mohun Bagan. A long time later, in 2011, Messi ran on the turf of Salt Lake Stadium when Argentina confronted Venezuela, and the likes of Oliver Kahn and Alessandro Del Piero additionally performed within the nation.
The “India Occasions” web site reported the information of Neymar’s arrival to the Asian nation in a humorous approach, saying: Think about that Neymar eats Misal Puff, a well-known dish within the Indian metropolis of Mumbai consisting of Indian lentil curry, coated with masala chips, served with Indian bread.
And he added, “At the moment, each soccer fan in India is shouting on the prime of his voice, and for those who flip down the noise, you’ll hear the voice of a younger baby carrying an image of Neymar in his coronary heart and celebrating, and it appears that evidently the celebrations are in place after the draw for the AFC Champions League teams.”
“Sport Star” stated: Al-Hilal will come to India, accompanied by a constellation of worldwide stars led by the Brazilian Neymar, then quoted the statements of Mumbai Metropolis coach Des Buckingham, who stated: The groups taking part within the AFC Champions League are the very best of their nation. As coaches and gamers we at all times need to take a look at ourselves in opposition to the very best, it is an ideal alternative for us to proceed what we did final time and present what Indian soccer can do at that time. He commented about Neymar’s coming to India, saying: I want to supply him the very best “Vada Pav” dish in Mumbai, to see how he’ll take pleasure in his good style.
As for the crew’s defender, Rahul Bhiki, he added, “I’m excited. I’ll be sure to cease Neymar after we play in opposition to them.”
Some followers tweeted on the X platform and stated: This matter will profit Indian soccer, whereas an Indian fan made a vow to himself to go to the match in any respect prices.