PM Modi gets hooked on to football fever in Argentina

Buenos Aires: Argentina’s infectious football frenzy caught up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday (local time) as he received a football jersey from FIFA president Gianni Infantino during the G20 Summit here.

The Prime Minister shared a picture of the blue jersey, with his name on the back, on his Twitter account, saying, ” Impossible to come to Argentina and not think about football. Argentinian players are tremendously popular in India. Today, received this jersey from @FIFAcom President Gianni Infantino. I thank him for the kind gesture.”

On Thursday, Prime Minister had elaborated how football connected India and Argentina while addressing the ‘Yoga for Peace’ event.

“If Argentina is interested in India’s philosophy, art, music and dance, there are millions of fans of the Argentine football stars in India. Maradona’s name is used as a proverb in India,” he said.

The Prime Minister on Saturday (local time) departed for New Delhi after concluding his three-day visit to Argentine capital Buenos Aires, where he attended the 13th G20 Summit and held a number of high-profile and historic meetings with a host of eminent world leaders.