INDIA : A fan of Lionel Messi repaints his house in the colours of Argentina national football team
Shib Shankar Patra and his family are inveterate fans of Lionel Messi.
Shib Shankar Patra, an Indian supporter of Argentina has shown that his love for Lionel Messi and his teammates has no limit. He has indeed repainted his house in sky blue and white, the colours of Albiceleste.
Patra, who lives in Calcutta, has had a passion for Argentina since the victory of Diego Maradona and his team at the 1986 World Cup. “For me, Messi is an extension of Maradona. Everyone in my family likes Messi. We love his attitude, we love everything at home, “said Patra in front of his house, now covered with blue and white vertical stripes, like the jersey Argentines.
“I will pray every day for the victory of Argentina. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing them win in the field, ” he added. This tea seller dreamed of travelling to Russia to attend the competition but failed to gather the necessary funds for the trip. “I saved 60,000 rupees (890 dollars) but it was not enough to pay for the trip,” he regretted, ” I will watch Argentina’s matches on TV and I will encourage my favourite players. “
He and his family also planned festivities for Messi’s birthday on June 24, during the World Cup. “We’re going to eat a cake and hand out T-shirts with Messi’s face,” said Patra, himself a father of two, who also decorated every room in his house with full size Messi posters.
Despite a population of 1.25 billion, India is struggling in football and its national team, ranked only at the 97th position in the FIFA rankings, has never participated in a World Cup. But the country gets all charged up for football during the FIFA World Cup, especially in the metropolis of Calcutta.