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Ronaldinho, Anelka play football in Pakistan

Barcelona and other top-notch football players played a friendly game in Lahore.

Ronaldinho with Pakistani Army Chief General

2002 World Cup winner Ronaldinho (L) poses with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa ahead of the friendly football match with Pakistani players in Lahore.

David James, Boateng & Nicolas Anelka in Lahore

Eight of the biggest football players arrived for the game in Lahore. Former Brazilian star Ronaldinho told the reporters that he wanted to "provide a good show".
After the first two matches of the trip, he said, "Thank you for all the admiration and treating me so well."
According to reporters, the Leisure league is paying Ronaldinho around $600,00 for the short visit while $300,00-$400,00 to other players.

Former Manchester United football player Ryan Giggs (C)

Lack of government support and poor infrastructure has led to the downfall of Pakistan football.

Now that the game is getting popular again, top footballers have come help inspire the Pakistani youth.

Giggs, who retired in 2014 said that he had heard that the country had ample talent and was home to a strong Manchester United fan-base.

"I will be happy if I inspire the youth, which is my job," he said.

Leisure League'

The Pakistani organisers are planning a 'Leisure League', a subsidiary of World Cup.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa gives thumbs-up

The player's were hosted by Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa who said that this is the first of their many visits.
Ronaldinho,7 held the upper hand against Giggs,7 in the two matches played in the Friendly Football in Lahore and Karachi.

Former player for FC Barcelona Brazilian Ronaldinho (2-R) on the field

"Pakistan is a peace loving country and we love sports," he said. The group played a second exhibition match on Sunday in Lahore.