Mecca of Indian Football, Kolkata on Tuesday had a date with French football superstar Thierry Henry as he enthralled the crowd here at Rabindra Sarovar stadium by lighting the lamp at Atletico de Kolkata’s home game against Mumbai City FC.
Along with ISL chairperson Nita Ambani and ATK co-owner Sanjeev Goenka, Henry was the special guest.
Wearing a black t-shirt, grey jeans and black sneakers, the 39-year-old France 1998 World Cup winner was all smiles as he walked around the centre of the pitch flanked by organisers of the Indian Super League.
The stadium roared in unison as the announcer spelt out his name for the first time as Henry walked into the ground waving to his fans. The stadium roared “Henry Henry” as he waved to the crowds.
Just before the start of the game Henry shook hands with players of both the teams but sat glued to the proceedings on turf.
At lemon break, Henry was seen with ATK co-owner and former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on the pitch. Goenka along with Ganguly felicitated Henry with a tri-colour scarf. Henry, Ambani and Ganguly posed for a selfie moments later.
“He will watch the entire match and will also interact with the players ahead of the playing of national anthem and sign off by attending the prize distribution ceremony,” an official said.
ISL Chairperson Nita Ambani will also join Henry who will head to Mumbai the next day wrapping his one-day visit to the city. In Mumbai, Henry will attend a friendly match among Arsenal Football School and Reliance Foundation Young Champ in the afternoon.