THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, June 18: As Kerala is in the grip of World Cup fever, a football crazy fan from the state has cycled all the way to Russia to watch the tournament and realise his dream of meeting Argentina�s living legend Lionel Messi.
Clifin Francis, 28, flew to Dubai from Kerala on Febraury 23, bought a cycle, took a ship to the port city of Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan province on the southern coast of Iran, before embarking on his cycling odyssey to Russia. �I am very happy. It was a four-month-long journey,� Francis told PTI from Tambov, a countryside town in Russia today. He said he had bought a ticket for the France-Denmark match on June 26 and was waiting to watch it with his fingers crossed. �Every day you meet new people, see new landscapes, new culture....,� he said, adding both good and bad experiences came his way during the journey. � PTI