Messi to spell his charm in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Feb 7 (PTI) In December 2008, legendary DiegoMaradona had set foot in this football-crazy city. ComeSeptember 2, another Argentine stalwart Lionel Messi is setto arrive with his national team.

If everything goes as per the plan, it will be a doublebonanza of sorts for football lovers here, as Argentina willplay against either Spain or Portugal in the one-lakh capacityYuba Bharati Krirangan.

The Barcelona star forward who won the Fifa Ballon d''Oraward recently is likely to be part of the side that isscheduled to visit the city.

"We have signed an agreement for bringing thestar-studded Argentine team to Kolkata," an official of asports management company told PTI.

Confirming this, IFA general secretary Utpal Gangulisaid, "The Argentina team are scheduled to play an exhibitionmatch either against Spain or Portugal on September 2 here.

The IFA is organising the event, however another firm isbringing the Argentina national side".

In the recent past, a host of star footballers have cometo Kolkata.

They include Diego Forlan, Romario, Branco, LotharMatthaus, Karl Heinz Rumminege, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Mueller,Mark van Bommel and Ze Roberto.

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