If there ever was a man that embodied the personification of what it meant to be Goan, then Vasantrao, as he was lovingly called, was that man.
One of only three till date, to be immortalised in the form of a postage stamp by the state, the 1991 Padma Shri awardee was a stickler for perfection and would set the foundations of what would soon become the standard of Football in the country.
Sharing the pan-Goan passion for football and realising the social responsibility value of promoting a football club. He believed the most natural thing to do was, for him to help in the progression and development of local heroes and soccer-stars-in-the making through the then Groupo Desportivo de Bicholim.
During that time, the then patron would become famous was enforcing, an iron-clad caveats, as to team performance, player conduct and club management, bringing a professional outlook and setup, the likes of which the football industry had never witnessed before. One of the first great industrialists to truly have recognised the Goan player’s worth, he was not just a man who talked the talk but also walked the walk, compensating his team of players and officials, with some the sector’s best figures.
For the quarter-century thereafter during which he presided over the fortunes of the club, the team garnered increasingly greater sporting glory, as the trophies began the pile up, the inspiration was clear, the Golden Eagles, inspired as much by Vasantrao’s regal leadership as by his magnanimity. His ability to balance, Creativity with Discipline, is what would soon explains much of the Dempo SC success story.