From India to Russia: A cyclist's dream of meeting Argentina's Lionel Messi

    It took Francis 105 days to arrive in Moscow after he officially set off from Iran.

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    • A 28-year-old Indian has spent 105 days cycling to reach Moscow
    • In 2014 he quit his job as a software engineer so he could travel more
    • He hopes to meet Argentina's Lionel Messi

    (CNN)After a shock 3-0 loss to Croatia and only one game left to redeem itself, could Argentina be out of the World Cup? Clifin Francis certainly hopes not.

    After all, the 28-year-old mathematics teacher from southern India has cycled more than 2,900 miles to Russia to get his bike signed by Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi.
      While Francis initially planned to ride his bike all the way from his home town in Alappuzha, difficulties in getting a Pakistani visa forced him to start his journey in Iran.
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