Shib Shankar Patra is one of the many Messi and Argentina fans in India. There is nothing un-usual in supporting Argentina or Messi. But then Shib Shankar painted his house in blue and white to support his idol Lionel Messi.
Trying to garner enough savings from his modest earnings through a tea stall, Patra harboured a dream — to watch Messi live from the stands in Russia. But when a Kolkata-based travel agent informed him that his savings, amount of Rs 60,000 is not enough to fund his World Cup trip, he decided the next best thing –paint his entire three-storied building in Argentina colours.
“I don’t smoke or drink. I have only one addiction and that is Lionel Messi and Argentina. I don’t earn much but ensure that bulk of my earnings is kept aside for these indulgences when World Cup comes calling,” Patra, owner of a tea and snack stall in North 24 Parganas’ Nawabganj township, told PTI.
“I have watched the Argnetina friendly at the Salt Lake Stadium. I lived a dream that day,” Patra recollected.
It was the first time, he painted his house in Argentina colours, something he repeated in the 2014 edition of the World Cup as well.
Since 2012, the Patra family celebrates every Messi birthday with fanfare like cutting cake to organising blood donation camp.