thumbnail Hello,

The Barcelona star talks about how India has affected him during his visit to Kolkata to play an International friendly against Venezuela...

FC Barcelona and Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi has said that India has left a 'lasting impression' on him when he set foot in the country nearly three years ago, in a visit that was marked by unprecedented levels of hysteria among football fans.

"The last time I stepped into India, I was overwhelmed with the warmth and passion this country showered on me. India left its famously lasting impression and with that lingering memory, my family and I have always wanted to develop an association with the country," Messi said on Friday.

Messi, along with his Argentine teammates, was in Kolkata in August 2011 for a FIFA international friendly match against Venezuela which the Albiceleste won 1-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium. 

How do you stay up with football when on the move? With –your best source for mobile coverage of the beautiful game.