August 31st, 2011
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Messi reaches Kolkata

Kolkata:  Argentine football star, Lionel Messi landed in Kolkatta in the wee hours of Wednesday. Lionel Messi who reached along with Javier Mascherano at Kolkata was greeted by thousands of hysterical, delirious soccer lovers who danced, cried and shouted slogans eulogising football magician.

However, the large number of people, at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport were left heartbroken as the organizers packed him into a vehicle from the tarmac and drove him out of the airport through a side-gate. Messi fever has gripped the City of Joy and everyone is eagerly waiting for first ever FIFA friendly match between Argentina and Venezuela on Friday here at Salt lake Stadium.

More than a thousand Messi supporters, many wearing his No. 10 jersey danced, shouted slogans of ‘Three Cheers for Messi’ and held life-size Messi banners. No one, including the hordes of media persons gathered at the airport, could get any information about Messi’s movement as the Argentine superstar and his Barca teammate Mascherano, along with three other Venezuelans, were escorted out discreetly under high security cover.

More than 30 members of the Argentine delegation including coach Alejandro Sabella have already checked in. Venezuela team members too have come in batches for their match on Friday.




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