Deco relishes on-pitch reunion with former rival Ryan Giggs at Premier Futsal
Renowned playmaker Deco was one of the legendary former stars in action in Dubai on Friday night during the UAE-leg of the Premier Futsal 2017 Finals.
The Portuguese star, who won two Champions League titles with Porto and Barcelona in a glittering career, captained Telugu Tigers to a thrilling 5-4 first-leg semi-final victory over Ryan Giggs’ Mumbai Warriors side at Al Wasl Football Club.
Just like old times, Deco and Giggs clashed in midfield – a sight we saw frequently between 2008-10 when the now 40-year-old plied his trade in the Premier League with Chelsea.
“We respect each other, Giggs was one of the best players of his generation and a legend of Manchester United,” Deco told Sport360°.
“They had a lot of fantastic players over that period, the likes of Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand, it was a fantastic generation. It’s a pleasure for me to play against him.”
The Tigers and Warriors will play the second-leg of their last four meeting on Saturday – with the winner going on to face either Ronaldinho’s Delhi Dragons or Scholes-led outfit Bengaluru Royals in Sunday’s showpiece final.