FIFA World Cup 2018: Kerala football fan cycles to Russia to watch Lionel Messi play

Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on during a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia organisation D match


As Kerala is in a hold of the FIFA World Cup 2018 fever, a football crazy fan from a state has cycled all a approach to Russia to watch a contest and realize his dream of assembly Argentina’s vital fable Lionel Messi. (FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 SCHEDULE RESULTS)

Clifin Francis, 28, flew to Dubai from Kerala on Feb 23, bought a cycle, took a boat to a pier city of Bandar Abbas, a collateral of Hormozgan range on a southern seashore of Iran, before embarking on his cycling odyssey to Russia.

“I am really happy. It was a four-month-long journey,” Francis told PTI from Tambov, a panorama city in Russia on Monday.

He pronounced he had bought a sheet for a France-Denmark compare on Jun 26 and was watchful to watch it with his fingers crossed.

“Every day we accommodate new people, see new landscapes, new culture….,” he said, adding both good and bad practice came his approach during a journey.

Francis says yet all his papers, including visa, were in order, he was denied accede to enter Georgia by Azerbaijan, forcing him to take an choice route.

“I felt unhappy during their poise as a German cyclist was authorised to take a route. But there were times when we saw a integrity in tellurian beings as people whom we had never met gave me shelter, a regard of their homes and offering food,” a program operative said.

Football had always been his initial adore and examination a World Cup a prolonged loving dream.

After receiving his B.Tech degree, Francis worked during a Infopark during Kakkanad in Kochi for some time, before holding adult a pursuit as a arithmetic clergyman during a coaching school, Saji, his consanguine uncle said.

“He was always a tough workman and slogged during a coaching category but holding any leave and saved as most as he could to have his dream fulfilled. Relatives also chipped in (with money),” Sam told PTI by phone from Kochi.

Francis pronounced he distinguished his birthday with a residents of Maymeh in Iran, enjoying a prohibited kebabs they served with ‘Istak’, a internal drink, an knowledge he would never forget.

“The internal people there are good fans of Indian film stars like Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun Chakraborty, while a younger ones generally enquired about Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai,” he said.

“When we went into a house, a family was examination an aged Raj Kapoor starrer,” he said.

Francis, who hopes to strech Moscow by Jun 21, pronounced it is his long-cherished dream to accommodate Messi.

“When asked if he would be means to make it come true, he said, “I have reached this far. we am an optimist. My enterprise is to accommodate Messi. (I) Don’t know if it is possible….I am a doctrinaire fan of his.” 

Football fans in Kerala have embellished roads, private vehicles and open ride buses in a colours of their favourite teams. Fans sporting jerseys with images of their heroes can be speckled in even tiny towns of a football-crazy state.

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