Kolkata: After action-packed the city’s soccer fans for 5 days, the Lionel Messi-led Argentine team on Monday headed for Dhaka for a friendly match against Nigeria, winding up a historic trip to India throughout which the talismanic striker led his team for 1st time in an international game.
The Argentines are scheduled to take on Nigeria for at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The 23-member squad, with the team officials and Coach Alejandro Sabella arrived at the airport in a bus among tight security before taking off for the Bangladeshi capital.
Messi, who set up the winning goal for Argentina with a corner kick that was headed in by Nicolas Otamendi in their friendly against Venezuela, was the cynosure of all eyes during the team’s stay in Kolkata.
The 24-year-old, unarguably the best footballer in the world right now, was his standard quiet self during the trip although his presence in the city whipped up frenzy.
Even as the team departed, there were relatively a few numbers of Argentine fans who had gathered at the airport to bid Messi their goodbye.