I have read the mag­a­zine from my child­hood

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First In­dian to play for an English club Iut­most was al­ways com­mit­ted to foot­ball which I played with

pas­sion. I had grown up idol­is­ing the skills of the leg­endary Diego Maradona and that helped me gain the first break with one of the gi­ants of In­dian foot­ball, East Ben­gal, al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter fin­ish­ing school. In the next cou­ple of decades I gave my best to the game as I cap­tained the coun­try and then signed a con­tract with English club Bury FC. Even af­ter an­nounc­ing my re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, I con­tinue to keep my­self en­gaged with the sport and I’m try­ing to help it grow by sup­port­ing it in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties.

I have read Sport­star from my child­hood. I was de­lighted to read the mag­a­zine and cut the pic­tures of my favourite foot­ballers and pasted them on the walls of my hos­tel room. My con­grat­u­la­tions to Sport­star for com­plet­ing 40 years. I wish it con­tin­ues to give its read­ers ex­cel­lent cov­er­age of sports for many more years to come.

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