Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said on Saturday he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit to Kolkata and promised to come back to India again in future.
"It has been beyond my imagination," a visibly moved Maradona told reporters through an interpretor.
"I did not know that I had so many fans in India and people of the country loved football so much," he said after laying the foundation stone for a football academy on the outskirts of the city.
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"India lacks the infrastructure for football but the players should also work hard for their success."
The Indians rank a lowly 144th in world football with cricket being the most popular sport.
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