Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid was among the crowd watching the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday. The former cricketer, popularly known as 'Wall of Indian Cricket', was presented with a customized FC Barcelona jersey before the game post which.
“It’s incredible, and it’s a huge honour. It’s one of the things I’ve always wanted to do, come to Camp Nou and watch a football game. To be here and experience the atmosphere, it’s absolutely electric. To be able to watch players like Messi and Suarez play live, it’s fantastic for me and my family,” said Dravid in a video posted by Barcelona on Youtube.
The head coach of India U-19 and India-A also showered praises on the Footballing great Lionel Messi. He called Messi an absolute genius and then went on to say that it is incredible to see what he does and watch him live.
Amazed by Messi's ability to find spaces even without the ball, Dravid said that he has not seen a better player than the Argentine forward.
After watching the contest at Camp Nou, the 46-year-old had no hesitation in admitting that the atmosphere over there was similar to the IPL back home.
“Cricket is a different game. We have a great atmosphere and a great crowd in the IPL and a lot of Test matches as well. Cricket is the No.1 sport in India but football is catching up very quickly.”
At the same time, India's 'Mr. Dependable' also said that Indian football is taking the lead, thanks to the Indian Super League (ISL) which has been there since the last few years. Dravid is also the brand ambassador Bengaluru FC who won their maiden ISL title last month.
FC Barcelona blanked Atletico Madrid 2-0 to win the contest. The veteran of 164 Tests and 344 One Day Internationals also added that he was eagerly looking forward to the quarterfinal clash between FC Barcelona and Manchester United at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.