The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organization in charge of delivering the infrastructure and legacy programs for the 2022 World Cup, has selected Dutch star Ronald de Boer as a Qatar Legacy Ambassador.
De Boer, who played 67 times for the Netherlands during his brilliant career, joins a long list of previous superstars as a World Cup ambassador. Xavi, Cafu, Tim Cahill, Samuel Eto’o, as well as 11 other local and regional ambassadors, will share De Boer’s worldwide ambassador duties.
Worldwide superstars like De Boer participate in the Qatar Legacy Ambassador program, which highlights local and global legacy projects related to the 2022 World Cup. The initiative also aims to harness Qatar 2022’s chances to promote constructive social change in the region and beyond the world.
De Boer is no stranger to Qatar, having played for Ajax, Barcelona, and other teams during his illustrious career. He concluded his playing career in Qatar, where he went in 2004 and played for Al Rayyan and Al Shamal. He remained in Qatar for another three years after retiring in 2008.
“I lived in Qatar for seven years, so it is a place that has played a huge part in my life,” De Boer said of his new job as a Qatar Legacy Ambassador.
“I have a positive impression of Qatar and its future. I visit Qatar every month and frequently communicate with my friends who live there; they are full of passion and want to better things for the future generation, so I consider it an honor to be chosen as a Qatar Legacy Ambassador and to contribute to this goal.
The World Cup is being utilized to bring about significant social improvements in the country – and this, to me, is the most essential component of this initiative – changing the country and leaving a better environment for future generations.
De Boer, who played as a midfielder for Ajax, won the UEFA Champions League in 1994-95 and was twice voted Dutch Player of the Year (1994, 1996). He also played for the Netherlands in two World Cups, in 1994 and 1998. (nine appearances and two goals).
It will be the smallest World Cup in history, producing an incredible environment that will benefit both fans and players. Fans will be able to easily attend many games in a single day, which will be highly exciting, and players will have more recovery time between matches, resulting in better activity on the field,” he stated.