Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike Monday met Real Madrid stars and officials including Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos.
The meeting is in preparation for the setting up of Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State in the South- South region of Nigeria. Wike was accompanied on the inspection tour of the Real Madrid training facility by the State Commissioner of Sports, Boma Iyaye and former Nigerian international, Adokiye Amiesimaka.
In a meeting with Real Madrid stars, Ronaldo and Ramos, Governor Wike said the aim behind the setting up the Real Academy in Rivers State is to develop stars that would rule the world in the near future.
“We are using football as one of the key empowerment programmes for the next generation. We want to grow international football stars from a tender age.
“We will tap from the experience and exposure of Real Madrid and their stars. This is a project that will revolutionise football in Rivers State and Nigeria,” Mr. Wike noted.
He assured that the academy to be established in the state will be of international standard and will take into consideration the education of the children.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos lauded Mr. Wike for his commitment to the development of the game of football.