Maradona wins over city of joy

Barasat, a small town in the vicinity of Kolkata, was bowled over by Diego Maradona as the Argentine football legend charmed close to seven thousand people in the one-and-a-half hours he spent on the Aditya School of Sports (ASOS) campus on Tuesday. Photo: PTI
The diminutive star, who had triggered a celebratory mood during his last visit to Kolkata in 2008, shot footballs into the stands to drive the crowd crazy. Photo: PTI
After getting drenched in sweat following a half-an-hour long clinic, Maradona doffed his cap and bowed to the crowd. He even posed for group pictures with the students. Photo: PTI
Maradona sprang a surprise by singing a Spanish song to the tune of guitar played by Kochi-based singer Charles Anthony. Photo: AP
Addressing the ecstatic crowd that had gathered to catch a glimpse of the legendary footballer, Maradona said, “I am very happy to be here. I am here for football. So many footballs give me the kick." Photo: AP