Lionel Messi to play in Kolkata in September

Kolkata: It`s good news for football-crazy fans of the city as Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and his teammates are playing a FIFA official international friendly match against Venezuela at Salt Lake`s Yuba Bharati Krirangan on September 2.

After rounds of rumour, the official confirmation came today when Celebrity Management Group along with the state government, All India Football Federation and Indian Football Association announced this at a press conference on Monday.

"The Argentina Football Association had indeed signed a contract to bring in the full-strength squad including Messi and Carlos Tevez among others. So the contract guarantees their participation," said Bhaswar Goswami of CMG.

The city-based sports management firm that had earlier brought football legend Diego Maradona in 2008 would also organise another international friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria in Dhaka on September 6.

"We were given the match in condition that we have to buy another.