There is a saying that goes ‘where there is a will there is a way’. No matter how many and how big the obstacles are, a determined person would always manage to find a way out. And Cherthala native, Cliffin Francis is one such person. At a time when some of us are even finding it tough to remain awake to watch the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, this young man cycled all the way to Russia to attend just one match.
The journey started on February 23 after he managed to save money for a few months.
He bought a cycle after taking a flight to Dubai and then cycled over 4,000km across UAE, Iran, Azerbaijan and reached Russia. He is dreaming of not only watching a World Cup game but also of getting a signature of Lionel Messi on his cycle.
“I went to Iran from UAE by ship. Though I was planning to go Russia through Georgia, I didn’t get a visa, and I reached Russia through Azerbaijan,” Clifin told The Times of India.
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“I loved football since childhood and Argentina is my favourite team. Watching a World Cup was my dream, but it is very expensive. I will watch a group match between France and Denmark, spend some days in Russia and return home on my cycle,” he added.
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Cliffin is also looking forward to expressing his incredible journey by penning down a book.
“I hope to reach Moscow in a week to see the group match. This journey has turned into a wonderful experience, and I will pen a book soon. I stayed in a tent to save money, and the officials and residents gave me a good treat when they realized I am an Indian. I also met Malayalis in Azerbaijan, who treated me like a brother,” he said.