Meet Chris Gayle, the New Football Star in Town

Chris Gayle was passionate about football as a school kid. A Brazil fan, the burly Jamaican feels Cristiano Ronaldo will be the star of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

updated: May 08, 2014 22:22 IST
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The Indian Premier League is all about fun and games. So while some are playing hard on the field, some are having fun off it too. NDTV caught up with Chris Gayle in Mumbai on the sidelines of an event to select flag-bearers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Excerpts from a freewheeling chat with the Jamaican, who plays for IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore.

On Chris Gayle, the footballer:

You haven't heard of Chris Gayle the football fan? Come on maan, I am the biggest footballer in the world. I can't believe you haven't heard about that. I mean football in India has all started from the grassroots. That's the best way to go about football and to try and develop it in India. We all know that cricket is the number one sport here. We know the football players all around the world and we all watch it, love it and enjoy playing it as well. It's a situation where we have these kids in India, so many of them who cannot make it at the cricket level, so it is a perfect opportunity for them to take up football and show their skills. You never know you might find another Chris Gayle in football in India.

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