Kolkata: History is only hours away from the making, with the first ever FIFA official international friendly in the country set to kick off on Friday, featuring the superstar Lionel Messi-led star-studded Argentina and a resurgent Venezuelan team.
The match, to be played at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan (YBK) - the world's second largest stadium by capacity, is one of the most high profile to have been staged in the sub-continent. It will also end India's soccer crazy city Kolkata's wait to see the prince of football in action.
The match to be played under floodlights has several other firsts. It would mark the beginning of the mesmerizing Messi's stint as regular national captain and Alejandro Sabella's reign as coach of the Argentine side.