Messi in kolkatta....

Thousands of delirious soccer lovers danced, cried and raised slogans eulogising him, as football magician Lionel Messi arrived in Kolkata early Wednesday amid stringent security for Friday's first ever FIFA official international friendly in the Indian sub-continent featuring Argentina and Venezuela.

However, the large number of people, who were waiting for hours at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to welcome the Argentine superstar, were left heartbroken as the organisers packed him into a vehicle from the tarmac and drove him out of the airport through a sidegate.

"I can only say that Messi is in town," said Bhaswar Goswami, executive director of Celebrity Management, promoters of the match at the Salt Lake Stadium here.

Messi was accompanied by his Barcelona FC teammate Javier Mascherano. The duo reached the eastern Indian metropolis after playing the club's La Liga game with Villareal Monday. Messi scored twice in the second half as Barca cantered to a 5-0 victory.