Messi mania grips Kolkata

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Kolkata’s date with world’s most charismatic and popular football personality, Lionel Messi has sent the football crazy city into a frenzy as the Argentine take on Venezuela in a friendly on September 2. The high-profile match would be watched by the commoners and the famous alike.

Probably the greatest footballer of his generation, Lionel Messi is the buzz word in the city which is known for its illustrious football histories and clubs. The last time such a rush of blood to the head was experienced by the Kolkata’s soccer fans was when Diego Maradona visited the city.

The crowd then descended on the streets with posters and jerseys of Argentina’s football team welcoming the legend.

The levels of excitement had reached to such a level that Maradona had to dump the plan of boarding a see-through vehicle so that the fans could catch a glimpse but instead chose another vehicle.

To avoid any untoward incident this time, a special security cover has been made for the Argentine team with all efforts to prevent details on the arrival of Messi being made public.

Messi, whose playing style has drawn comparison to Diego Maradona, is considered to be his successor.

The friendly will be beamed live in 152 countries with the crowd from all over the nation thronging the stadium in the company of Bollywood celebrities including John Abraham and Ranbir Kapoor. The Salt Lake Stadium has undergone renovation to meet the international standards and is now all ready to host the historic tie.

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