India Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a tour to Argentina for the two-day G-20 Summit met The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)’s president Gianni Infantino who presented the India PM a jersey which read Modi G-20. Modi, who was touched by the gesture took to Twitter and thanked the FIFA Boss and also mentioned that it is impossible not to think about football when in Argentina. Argentina is one of the powerhouses of football. “Impossible to come to Argentina and not think about football. Argentinian players are tremendously popular in India. Today, received this jersey from @FIFAcom President Gianni Infantino. I thank him for the kind gesture,” tweeted Modi with the picture of him accepting the coveted jersey from Infantino. Also Read - UEFA in Talks With British Government to Move Champions League Final Between Manchester City And Chelsea at Wembley
Argentinian football has a massive fan base in India who love Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala.
Meanwhile, 20 major economies of the world will be taking part in the G20 summit where topics ranging from agriculture to nuclear power will be discussed. Narendra Modi also met Argentinian President Mauricio Macri on Saturday and had an interaction with him regarding the strengthening of the bilateral ties.
Earlier this year, when the FIFA World Cup was on, fans in India, especially in Kolkata and Kerala there were street paintings and wall paintings dedicated to Argentina, just a testament of the popularity and fan base Argentinian football enjoys.