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Mumbai: One of international cricket’s premier batsmen, Rohit Sharma was on Thursday named the first-ever India brand ambassador of top Spanish football club Real Madrid.
He is the first non-footballer in the history of the league to have become a brand ambassador.
Rohit comes on board following a series of major initiatives by La Liga in India since 2017.
The current ICC World No. 2, is the only batsman in the history of the game to have scored three double hundreds in the 50-overs format including a world record 264.
“I am truly delighted to be associated with La Liga. It’s encouraging to see the Spanish giant have made inroads into the Indian football ecosystem through their grassroots programme,” Rohit said.
“Personally, I see this as an interesting journey for me into the beautiful game with La Liga. I look forward eagerly to connecting with the football fans in India,” he said.
Jose Antonio Cachaza, managing director, La Liga India said, “India is a very important market for La Liga from a global perspective, we came here in 2017 to get a better understanding of the pulse of the nation.
“The young guys who have come into the team like Shreyas Iyer, K L Rahul, Hardik Pandya, they all follow football and they do watch all these footballers, their hairstyle and what they do with their hairstyle..” said the dashing opener on Thursday.
Asked who was his favourite player and club, Rohit said Zidane and Real Madrid.
No wonder Rohit wants Real Madrid to win the Champions League. (PTI)