Terry, Carlos excite fans in exhibition game


Football legends John Terry and Roberto Carlos excited football fans at an exhibition game at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos on Sunday.

The game which was tagged Budweiser Game of Kings had the two former footballers team up with players of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The NPFL players who were paired into two teams that played against each other had Terry file out with Kings FC, while Carlos played alongside the NPFL players in Smooth FC.

The absorbing contest saw the duo of Carlos and Terry display some of the skills that set them apart as football greats and gave fans a dose of their signature moves which attracted chants of “JT” and “Carlos” from various parts of the stadium.

An excited fan said, “I can’t believe I am watching Roberto Carlos and John Terry live. This is a dream come true and I will mark today in my calendar as the greatest day of my life.”

The match was decided on penalties after ending in a goalless draw at the end of 90 minutes. At the end of the spot-kicks, Smooth FC emerged winners after edging out Kings FC out by four goals to two.

Roberto Carlos received the trophy as Team Captain of Smooth FC while John Terry lifted the trophy on behalf of Kings FC as the Team Captain from Managing Director, International Breweries Plc, Hugo Rocha, amid thunderous cheers and jubilation from supporters at the stadium.

Speaking after the game, Terry said, “It was a great game of football and Carlos and I have had a memorable experience playing with the amazing talents from the Nigerian League. We hope we inspired kids on the streets who watched the game or listened on the radio. I want to thank Budweiser for putting this together.