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Costly tickets means no full house at YBK

The adrenaline might be running high on Messi but it surely won’t translate into a full house at the YBK.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty |
September 2, 2011 2:16:20 am

Costly tickets means no full house at YBK

The adrenaline might be running high on Messi but it surely won’t translate into a full house at the YBK on Friday,courtesy the high-priced tickets for the international friendly. “Some tickets are still left unsold. Maybe the prices are a little bit on the higher side by Indian standards,” Bhaswar Goswami,head of Celebrity Management Group said. On Thursday morning,a group of young kids were training at the academy housed in Rabindra Sarovar Stadium,all of them Messi fans. They wanted to see their hero in flesh and blood but stringent security arrangements barred them from visiting the team hotel. Without match tickets,they will have to settle for watching the game on TV. “My father is an auto driver and we barely make ends meet. How can we go to the ground to watch the game? The match tickets start from Rs 1000,a bit too much for the youngsters to throng the ground. But despite the lack of money,my father sends me to the academy as he too is a Messi fan and wants me to play like him in the future,” said Shantanu Saha,one of the brightest talents of the lot.

On the night before the biggest ever football event in Kolkata,Messi’s hold on the city’s imagination is evident in more ways than one.

Dhoti kurta for Messi

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It’s been terribly hard to keep the millions of well wishers away from the Argentina squad,especially a certain Lionel Messi. On Thursday,despite the overwhelming security,a few managed to sneak into the team hotel,and presented Messi and Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella with traditional kurtas and dhotis. One would’ve thought the Venezuelans,whose jerseys were lost in transit,were more in need of accessories than the amply dressed Argentinians.

India wows Zabaleta

Manchester City and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta claims he barely had any idea about India,let alone its football,before landing in Kolkata. Two days into his trip,and Zabaleta is overwhelmed with what he saw. “I thought India was a big country and was known for its love for cricket. But the scenes at the airport was truly amazing when Messi landed. Now,our only motto is show them that we are a very good team,” he said. Good show will be great,but Mr Zabaleta,no proof will be needed. Kolkata is already a massive fan of you,and your country’s football.

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