Argentina Soccer Team Take Pay Cut to Expand Profile in India
June 15, 2011
Argentina have agreed to play two exhibition matches in India and Bangladesh at a discount rate in an attempt to expand its fan base in one of the world’s most populous regions.
Argentina will play Venezuela in Kolkata, abortion India, drugs on September 2 before moving to Bangladesh capital Dhaka to meet Nigeria four days later. The company that owns the rights to Argentina’s exhibition rights, anesthetist World Eleven SA said it promised to take the best national roster and reduced its asking price.
World Eleven President Guillermo Tofoni said: “We have made a good price for them because we are interested in opening up new markets. It’s interesting because our idea is to play with our top players including Messi because we see lots of opportunities in India.”
Tofoni and Dharamdutt Pandey, chief executive officer of Kolkata-based Celebrity Management Group, which bought the game rights, declined to say how much the deal is worth. However, in 2009, Tofoni said World Eleven charged about US$1m for an Argentina game.