MS Dhoni playing football (Image courtesy: IANS)
MS Dhoni playing football (Image courtesy: IANS)

The football mania has gripped the nation. The fourth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) is around the corner. India are the hosts of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup. Why should the celebrities miss the fun? It was that time of the year when Abhishek Bachchan-led All Stars FC play Virat Kohli s All Hearts FC in the much-hyped celebrity clasico at Andheri, Mumbai. Last year, the game ended 2-2, but the cricketers came back hard to script a 7-3 win and once again it was MS Dhoni.

We have heard folklore about his goalkeeping days. We have seen him clear the biggest grounds, affect lightening-fast stumpings, take blinders behind the stumps, and now he paid the perfect tribute to the jersey No. 7, the one that David Beckham donned for decades. Dhoni scored back-to-back goals, the second one being a Beckham-style free kick.

Skipper Kohli was not out of action either. The self proclaimed CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo) of the side scored 2 assists and eventually got a goal in extra-time. The star from the other camp was Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor.

Here s how the Celebrity Clasico went ahead:

Jonty Rhodes played in the side full of Indian players. Okay, he is India s father. Agreed. Let s move on.

5 : Dhoni took a shot and it s GOAL! It s a deflection of a defender.

25 : Brilliant shot by Ranbir Kapoor and that s off the crossbar.

39 : Dhoni is on the target again. This time, a free-kick. They ll say Bend It Like MS . All Hearts are 2-0.

41 : 3-0 now. It s Aniruddha Srikkanth. He heads that assist from Kohli in the target.

42 : Shabir Ahluwalia scores. He gets it in from outside the D box.

49 : All Hearts are lucky to get a penalty here. It was rather Manish Pandey pushing the defender but it s all a part of the game. Aniruddha puts in the penalty.

57 : Brilliant from Ranbir. He puts the cross in. The best goal in the match so far.

64 : Ashish Nehra is united with his old friend and fellow left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan in the commentary box. Nehra says, No chance of me playing today. And then quips, I might if we are losing. There s more. All these young guys play FIFA on PS. I don t play FIFA. I play Mario and Contra.

86 : Kohli almost nets that one. It deflects of keeper Marc Robinson but Kedar Jadhav put it in.

89 : A deft pass from Ranbir to Aadar Jain, who turns and nets it in from the edge of the box. This is surely a contender for best goal.

92 : Finally it s Kohli. He has his name in the score sheet. Runs through the right flank and chips it over the keeper.

97 : Goalie Shashank fouls on Jadhav. Another penalty. Shikhar Dhawan takes it and puts it in style.

And there s the slap on the thigh and twirling of moustache celebrations. The cricketers have sealed it 7-3.

Dhoni was the Man of the Match. And guess what, he received the award from his ex-teammate Zaheer.