KARACHI: Cricket and football will come together on Sunday when Barcelona legend Carles Puyol will enjoy the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Karachi during his visit to the city to promote the World Soccer Stars (WSS) event.
Puyol will engage with over 100,000 fans in Karachi’s National Stadium to promote the WSS April event and officially announce the ticket sales.
“Karachi, I look forward to seeing you all and I am really excited to meet all my fans at the one and only PSL final. World Soccer Stars (WSS) presents a great opportunity to celebrate the arrival of football and from what I know, football is the next emerging sport in Pakistan,” said Puyol according to a press release.
Other football legends, Brazilian Kaka and the Portuguese Luis Figo, congratulated the return of cricket in Pakistan in a video and stated that football will surely follow in its footsteps.
TouchSky Group CEO Ahmed Kunwar said: “It’s a real privilege to see the bedrock of FC Barcelona defence in Pakistan and we are proud to see him as the official face to kick-off WSS tour. I also thank Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani to allow us to grace the occasion [PSL final]”.
Puyol’s visit also involved fan engagement at a mall in Clifton where he signed shirts and footballs.
Puyol is a retired Spanish professional footballer who spent his entire career with his local childhood team FC Barcelona. He is regarded as one of the best defenders and leaders of his generation.