Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike visited Spanish football giants Real Madrid to discuss the possibility of an academy in the state.

Wike met with the club’s officials, as well as captain Sergio Ramos and mega superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Speaking ahead of the tour, Wike said setting up the football academy was in the interest of the state as it would groom the next generation of stars.

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He said, “What we are doing is in the interest of Rivers state. This football ‎academy, which will be the first of its kind, will groom stars, empower youths and create wealth for the state.

“Sports is big business and my administration intends to empower the next generation through sports. That is why we are investing in different aspects of sports. By next February, we will host the African Wrestling Championship.”

See photos of Wike with the club’s players and officials below.

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