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Kolkata mesmerized by new arrival

Kolkata mesmerized by new arrival
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First Published: Wed, Aug 31 2011. 10 28 PM IST

Disappointed : Messi fans outside Kolkata airport couldn’t get a glimpse of him. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP.
Disappointed : Messi fans outside Kolkata airport couldn’t get a glimpse of him. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP.
Updated: Wed, Aug 31 2011. 10 28 PM IST
If hundreds of supporters who stayed awake through the night and braved the rain at Kolkata’s airport to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi went home dejected, there were others inside the airport who made the best use of the opportunity.
Disappointed : Messi fans outside Kolkata airport couldn’t get a glimpse of him. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP.
Bhaswar Goswami, executive director of the Celebrity Management Group, said late on Tuesday that Messi was deliberately made to stand in immigration for a long time “because they all wanted to have a share of Messi. Right from immigration officials to security personnel, everybody started posing with him,” he said.
Messi apparently handled it well, with a broad smile. “When he came out of the flight, many almost fell over him. There were loud shouts of ‘Messi, Messi’. The excitement was everywhere,” said Goswami.
After leading Barcelona’s 5-0 win with a double strike against Villarreal in a La Liga match on Sunday night, Messi was among the last batch of Argentines to join the squad. Argentina will take on Venezuela in a Fifa international friendly on Friday before flying to Dhaka for another outing against Nigeria on 6 September.
PTI
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