The Argentine wizard Lionel Messi arrived in football-crazy Kolkata early Wednesday morning but hundreds of his frenzied fans were left disappointed.Hordes of supporters and mediapersons stayed awake throughout the night and waited outside the airport to catch a glimpse of the best player on the planet.But the 24-year old Barcelona superstar made a quiet exit through the VIP gate amidst high security, escaping the hysterical crowd. Messi and Javier Mascherano were held back for their La Liga match against Villarreal on Monday and landed in the city at 3.20 am on Wednesday.They got out of the airport at 3.55 a. m. and headed for the team hotel. More than 30 members of the Argentine delegation, including coach Alejandro Sabella, had already checked in. The Venezuelan team had landed on Tuesday morning itself.The friendly between the South American rivals, in the run-up to World Cup 2014 qualifiers, will be the biggest ever football event in the country.The Mecca of Indian football is gripped by Messi fever as youngsters donned Argentina jerseys and thronged outside the hotel and the stadium premises chanting Messi’s name.Tickets priced at Rs. 700, Rs. 1,000, Rs. 2,570 and Rs. 3,590 are all sold out and so are the 16 luxury boxes priced at Rs. 7.5 lakh each which can accommodate 15 people each. The remaining tickets, which are priced from Rs. 1,550 to Rs. 5,120 are fast moving off the counters.Messi and his teammates’ menuBeef, chicken, potato, cereals, cheese, cold meat, breads, pasta, grilled meat salads and other vegetables served on the platter.advertisementSpaghetti and fruit juice in breakfast Beef Spaghetti, non-vegetable items and dessert in lunch Most of the ingredients procured from the local market with a select few imported.
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