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Wayne Rooney will be coming to India as part of the ISL, says Sourav Ganguly

Brazilian great Pele is not the only football star scheduled to touch 

down in the city with ISL team Atletico de Kolkata co-owner 

Sourav Ganguly claiming that England superstar Wayne Rooney 

would also be visiting Kolkata later this year. The former cricket 

captain said the 29-year-old English captain is coming as part of 

the second edition of the franchise-based tournament kicking off in 

Chennai on October 3. “Rooney will be coming here as part of the 

ISL, so it will not just be about Pele,” the CAB joint-secretary told 


  Ganguly has already shot a promotional for the ISL earlier this 

week and according to reports, Rooney is part of that ISL 

promotional and is likely to visit the city in November. The 

tournament organisers of the ISL were not available for a comment 

on the development, while another source rubbished the report. 

“It’s a rumour. How can Rooney come? England are supposed to 

play two friendlies (against Spain on November 13 and France on 

November 17),” he said of the striker who went past Sir Bobby 

Charlton’s tally of 49 England goals. However, the Manchester 

United striker does not have any club commitment during this 

period and it remains to be seen whether the city will have a tryst 

with another football icon. Pele, it was announced by his agent, 

will be arriving in the city for a three-day visit from October 11 

and be the guest of honour at ATK’s first home match in the 

second season of ISL, against Kerala Blasters, the following day at 

the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Saltlake. Pele’s visit 

will mark his return to the city 38 years after he played an 

exhibition match for Cosmos against Mohun Bagan. In recent past, 

the football-mad city has hosted greats like Diego Maradona, Karl- 

Heinz Rummenigge, Lionel Messi, Oliver Kahn, Diego Forlan and 

Gerd Muller among others.

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