So far You must have encountered a number of a weird and crazy cricket fan, these fans are so much dedicated that they even get their head shaved and face painted to support their favourite player and team But have you ever met a crazy football fan?
There is no denying the fact that citizens of Kolkata are a die-hard fan of football, especially of Argentina. Now, this football fan who is a tea seller has taken this to next level as he paints his house in white and blue Argentina’s flag. He paints his Argentina’s flag to support Messi before the grand Football World Cup claiming that his love for Messi has no bound.
Kolkata resident Shib Shankar Patra’s who is tea seller adoration began at the time 0f 1986 World Cup when Diego Maradona helped the team win the desired trophy.
“For me, Messi is an extension of Maradona. Everyone in my family loves Messi. We love his behaviour, we love everything about him,” Patra said to AFP.
Patra who always wanted to visit Russia to see his favourite football star but unfortunately didn’t have enough money. He is a tea seller on the button floor of his building “I had saved 60,000 rupees ($890) but it was not enough for the trip. I will now watch Argentina’s games on TV and cheer for my favourite footballers.”
This does not end here the family members have amazing plans for Messi’s birthday on June 24 which will eventually fall during the World Cup.“We will cut a cake and distribute T-shirts among kids with Messi’s face embossed on them,” said Patra, a father of two children.
Patra paints his house in Argentina’s flag and has also crafted each wall of his house with life-size posters of Messi. Although India is second largest populated country, 1.25-billion-strong India has long struggled in world football and is currently ranked 97 in FIFA’s rankings.
But the passion for football among people, most importantly in the eastern metropolis of Kolkata, and the English Premiership is a major driver behind the growth of satellite TV. Argentina launches their World Cup campaign against Iceland on Saturday in Moscow, with games to follow against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.
“I will be praying every day for Argentina’s success. Nothing gives me more happiness than seeing them win on the field,” said Patra.