Bhutia scores in Laureus charity match

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Poonam Mehra

Abu Dhabi, Feb 7 (PTI) He is the lone face of Indiansports in a high-profile gathering of international stars atthe Laureus World Sports Awards and football skipper BhaichungBhutia today said it is the ultimate honour to be in a crowdthat features the likes of the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton,Boris Becker and Patrick Vieira.

The veteran striker, in fact, rubbed shoulders withformer French stars Vieira and Marseille Desailly in aone-hour charity football match in which the Indian sent downone of the 23 goals scored to raise a whopping 500,000 eurosfor the Laureus Sports Foundation and the Emirates SportsFoundation.

"It feels great to be a part of such an event although Ihave done such charity appearances even earlier but it isalways special. It is great that I scored but in such an eventwhere the aim is to raise funds for a good cause, it does notreally matter whether you score or not...just being a part ofit is a big thing," said Bhutia.

Bhutia turned out for a team which had the legendary SirBobby Charlton as manager and later said the Englishmaninquired about how Indian football was shaping up after theAsian Cup.

"I had an interaction with Sir Bobby and he was inquiringabout Indian football. It is because we played in the AsianCup last month and that made an impression. He took notice ofIndian football because we were seen in an event which issecond only to the World Cup in terms of competition. So, itis important to be seen in action at such an event," saidBhutia.

The captain reiterated that Indian football took a giantleap by appearing at the Asian Cup. .

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