During every World Cup, almost every street in West Bengal is adorned in either the Verde-Amarela (the Brazilian green and yellow) or the Albiceleste (the white and sky blue of Argentina). Lifesize cut-outs of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. dominate the walls of tea-stalls and the various community clubs. Heated debates over who is the greatest, Maradona or Pele, has now become a part of the folklore as a few silver-haired men still throng to watch ‘bishwo cup’ (World Cup) at a street corner, leaving the comforts of home.
Growing up in this cultural milieu, it was no surprise that Pronay Halder ended up being a Selecao fan. He distinctly remembers how Ronaldo made Oliver Kahn pay for a mistake and Brazil ultimately lifted the World Cup for the fifth time back in 2002. But not even in his wildest dreams, he ever dreamt that one day he would share