Ryan Giggs and Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho were full of praise for Pakistan following their visit to the country.

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs and football legend Ronaldinho visited Pakistan for a two-match exhibition series along with Robert Pires, Nicolas Anelka, David James and Luis Boa Morte.

The series was organised to boost sports in the country.
Giggs, who retired from international football in 2014, said he was impressed by Pakistan's love for football and much to the delight of his audience, he fluently said ‘Pakistan Zindabad.’ 

He also said, “Football is huge here especially with the younger generation.

“I think Pakistan are at 200 in the world, so to bring it down you need infrastructure and also the best coaches in the world to teach the players how to play.”

Ronaldinho posted a video on his official Twitter account, thanking Karachi for the warm welcome.

He told reporters he was on a "goodwill mission" aimed at inspiring youngsters to play the game.

In a statement, Ronaldinho, 37, said, “I am excited at the prospect of playing in Pakistan.

“This is a great opportunity for us to induce youngsters in Pakistan and we will do our best to do that.”

The event was organized by Leisure Leagues Pakistan, which said the purpose behind bringing football stars like Ronaldinho and Giggs to Pakistan was to promote the sport in the country and portray its positive image.

Qamar Bajwa, Pakistan's military chief said, "Sports promote peace and your visit is most welcomed by all Pakistanis, especially young footballers."