Argentina's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will visit Kolkata in the first week of July.
It will be Martinez's maiden trip to the subcontinent. The Aston Villa custodian made the announcement in a Facebook post.
"Hello Everybody, I will be doing my maiden trip to Indian subcontinent from 3rd July to 5th July and will participate in many charitable activities including visiting as a chief guest for a charity football match at Mohunbagan club, many fan engagement programs, sponsors felicitation and promote the beautiful game. I know Kolkata and Bangladesh has huge Argentina fans and I am very excited to meet them.
Thank you Satadru for this initiative!
Ami tomader bhalo bhashi !," wrote Martinez.
Sports promoter and business consultant Satadru Dutta's brainchild, A Satadru Dutta Initiative, has brought the likes of Maradona, Pele and Cafu to the city in the past.
Martinez won the Golden Glove at Qatar 2022 as Argentina regained the World Cup after 36 years. He played a key role in Argentina's shootout wins over the Netherlands and France in the quarterfinals and final respectively. The 30-year-old also pulled off a superb save to deny Randal Kolo Muani in extra time against France.