Underprivileged Indian boys dream big, head to Manchester United for training

Although India is best known for its devotion to cricket, English football's globally popular Premier League has started to make inroads in recent years. Liverpool have also set up an "International Academy" in the western city of Pune.

updated: March 16, 2014 21:18 IST
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Kolkata: Two underprivileged Indian teenagers, one the son of a sex worker and the other a street vendor, are among young players chosen to take part in a Manchester United Football Club training camp.

Rajib Boy (below), whose mother earns 200 rupees (three dollars) a day, said he was dreaming big after being selected to travel to Britain next month for the Manchester United Soccer School after a talent hunt.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is my idol. I am focusing on scoring goals," Rajib said in Sonagachi, the red-light district in India's eastern city of Kolkata, where he lives with his mother in a one-room home in a run-down building.

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