Ronaldinho Gaucho

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

This IIM grad may be the next Ronaldinho

For those young lads in Gujarat dreaming of becoming the world’s next Ronaldinho or Zidane, there is a young man from Vadodara working hard to clear their paths to goal.

Twenty-six-year-old, Satyajit Sadanand, who is set to graduate from IIM-Lucknow next month, turned down a Rs 9-lakh lateral placement offer in January from global investment bank JP Morgan Chase. He is instead planning to join a European football club to gain experience in the modern techniques of coaching and professional club management to fulfil his goal of making football a viable career in India.

He says football is his first love. He gets a kick out of it, literally.

“It is a misconception that football isn’t popular in India,” says Sadanand. “The problem is there is no future in football for young players here.”


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