Cricket is still the number one sport in India but it seems football is about to give it a run.

Three former World Cup winners and legends of the game - Ronaldo Nazario, Ronaldinho Gaucho and Diego Maradona are among the big names penciled down for the opening ceremony for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The Cadet World Cup is to be hosted by India and that is the biggest footballing event to be hosted by the world's second most populous country.

It is understood that the Government of India has requested the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to rope in the aforementioned superstars to raise the profile of the U-17 World Cup.

At different stages of the U-17 World Cup's preparation, iconic footballers have visited the country, giving the age-group tournament in India a global appeal.

Spain's former World Cup winning defender Carles Puyol started the World Cup's ticket sales in May this year, while Nwankwo Kanu and Esteban Cambiasso were the main attraction of the draw that took place last month.

The U-17 World Cup kicks off on 6th October with four matches scheduled on the opening day.

The Indira Gandhi Arena will be the venue for the opening ceremony.