Viswanathan Anand a fan of Lionel Messi

Back home after claiming his fourth World Chess Championship title, Viswanathan Anand is now keenly following the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, particularly Argentina`s star striker Lionel Messi.

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2010, 19:13 PM IST

Kolkata: Back home after claiming his
fourth World Chess Championship title, Viswanathan Anand is
now keenly following the FIFA World Cup in South Africa,
particularly Argentina`s star striker Lionel Messi.

"Personally, I like to watch Messi. He is my favourite
and I see Argentina to go all the way through," said Anand,
who was here for a promotional event.

"But Spain (the Euro champions) too are quite good. I was
very impressed with their football during the Euro. They and
Argentina are pretty much my favourites. With such a big event
going on, you would not like to miss the action. I am trying
to watch as many matches as possible," he added.

Anand has a few tournaments lined up at the end of this
year and he is yet to begin practice.

"He will play in the London Chess Classic in December and
there will be a couple of other tournaments lined up before
that," wife Aruna said.

PTI