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WATCH: “Thought of divorcing Arsenal,” says fan Ranveer Singh on club’s poor performance in recent years

"Once you pick a football club, it's like marriage; you only do it once," Ranveer said.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 13 March 2022 8:17 pm

Bollywood sensation Ranveer Singh has often expressed his admiration for sports. Singh has stamped his love for sports from starring in the film titled 83- a movie based on India’s historic 1983 World Cup win where the actor essayed the role of that team’s skipper Kapil Dev- to being the brand ambassador of some of the most elite tournaments like the Premier League. Ranveer is also a known Arsenal fan but in one of his recent interviews, the 36-year-old revealed that he thought of “divorcing” Arsenal following the club’s poor performance in recent years.

Notably, ever since Arsenal lifted the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season, the club has seen a downturn and hit bottom low. While speaking to NDTV, Singh said, “There are several instances that I felt so deflated. I was so shattered at one point that I even considered divorcing Arsenal until my loyalty came in the way. Once you pick a football club, it’s like marriage; you only do it once. You don’t ever think you are going to change or jump ship. But it did cross my mind. That’s how low I got at one point about Arsenal football club and their fortunes in the Premier League.”

However, the last few games of Mikel Arteta’s club has impressed the Bollywood star as he says, “It’s been a good season, and I think the prospects of Arsenal achieving top four is on. I am thrilled to see Arsenal performing so well, and I wish best for the club.”

 

While the Gunners are currently in fifth place with 48 points, they have played just 25 matches in contrast to the fourth-placed Manchester United who have 50 points. This means they remain the frontrunners to secure a place in the Champions League next season.

Meanwhile, Ranveer also spoke about being the brand ambassador of the Premier League in India. He said, “One of the best aspects about this is the cross-pollination of activity. It is a way of exchanging culture and popularising the sport of football. The ISL and the Premier League work together to build, expand and promote football in India. I think in the next 20 years, you will start seeing more and more individual players, perhaps, coming out of India and playing in the English Premier League.”

Commenting on the ongoing GOAT debate, the Padmaavat actor said, “I don’t think there is anything to choose between them (Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi). There is no one greatest of all time (GOAT). There is always the GOAT conversation, and these two are in the conversation, and I think it’s a huge privilege for me and this entire generation to have witnessed their entire career from the very start.”

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