I could have been a footballer: Ranbir

(image) New Delhi: He won over both the masses and the critics with his good looks and acting chops but while growing up Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor had his heart set on being a football player.

e let that dream go but the 28-year-old actor is now campaigning to make sports a part of school curriculums across the country with the `Fit India Movement`, a campaign launched by NDTV in collaboration with Nirmal Lifestyle.

"I loved football, but I did not have anybody to guide me about making it a career. If Indian children have the coaches and the facilities that are available abroad, we will be world champions," said Kapoor who is the brand ambassador of the campaign.

The actor was in Delhi to launch the first phase of the campaign called `Marks For Sports` and shared the stage with ace shooter Gagan Narang, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, boxing champion Vijender Singh and former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

"It all begins at the school level and Marks for Sports is a campaign that will help discover the talent that our children have and sports teaches you so much. Other than making you fit, it teaches you discipline, motivation and team spirit," said the actor who entered the venue on a bicycle.