Futsal is touted as many things; a revolution in Indian football, the football version of the Indian Premier League, football’s answer to T20-20 and so on! But one aspect the marketing team probably missed out on is how it has brought alive some of the cherished dreams of our youngsters. A case in point is that of a Parveendran, a young footballer hailing from Chennai, who is in cloud nine because Futsal finally realized his dream of meeting Ronaldinho! It gets even better; he made it to the same team and now is all set to play alongside the iconic Brazilian player.
Praveendran can hardly contain his excitement in being picked in the same team as his football God. For someone who looked up to Ronaldinho at every stage of his career, who infact was the real inspiration for him to choose this sport, this is indeed a dream come true.
When the initial trials for the Chennai Futsal happened in Chennai, Praveendran wasn’t aware of it. Later on, he came to know that they were conducting a second leg of trials in Goa. Despite being a regular football player, the attraction and hype created around Futsal Premier League simply proved too much for an ardent follower of the game to ignore. He packed his bags to Goa with the only aim of making it in to the team. But, destiny had something else in store for him.
It was only after he landed in Goa that he came to know that the Chennai team had signed up Ronaldinho and he himself was coming for the trials. In a double bonus, he got to meet his God and made it to the team on merit. Understandably, the young chap falls short of words explaining his experience in being able to share the same dressing room with the Brazilian. Not just one, but two, for the Chennai team has also signed in another Brazilian legend, Cafu!
But Praveendran is sure what his long term goals are. He does not plan to build a career in Futsal, but will be merely using this as a platform to hone his dribbling and shooting skills, and be ready for his next football season. He is quick to add that Futsal Premier league is one of the best things that have happened to Indian football and the exposure it brings to our young domestic players is immense.
However, Praveendran’s dream of playing alongside Ronaldinho may have to wait till the next season because the latter had to return to Brazil. To make matters worse, Praveendran himself has had an ankle injury which has forced him to sit out all the first leg matches played at Chennai. But this young brave heart remains optimistic and is sure of playing the second leg in Goa. Right now, his only aim is to be match ready by then and give his everything to win the cup for his side! And for that, he is ready to put aside his dream of playing alongside Ronaldinho for a little while.