Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | ePaper

Hand of God? Bangladeshi's Messi drawing comes alive

  • Print





A young Bangladeshi architect has earned fame after his digital drawing of footballer Lionel Messi was matched in real life six years later.
Suhas Nahian's 2013 artwork shows Messi dribbling past a group of players in green and white, leaning his head forward as one of the defenders grabs his red-and-blue Barcelona jersey.
Photos of Messi shot during a recent match against Real Betis show him in an almost identical pose, complete with one defender on the ground as the Argentinian charges through.
"I painted something 6 years ago, and football gods made the image come true," Suhas, 29, said on Instagram.
He told AFP that he watched the La Liga match, which saw Messi score a hat-trick as Barcelona won 4-1, but noticed nothing exceptional until a friend phoned him and excitedly pointed out the striking similarities.
"I looked back and found those are actually very similar." he said. "It was fascinating. I was surprised."
Suhas, who now owns an architecture firm, said the digital painting he drew as a student in 2013 was shared by a football fan page called Plaantik at that time.
"I am glad my only painting brought me so much fame, as it has been published in many Spanish, Argentine and Indian media," he said.
Suhas said he did not choose Betis's white and green jersey for his artwork consciously.
"Barcelona's jersey is very vibrant with blue and red, so from the point of colour I wanted to paint the rest of the painting in green so that Messi stays in focus," he said.
"So I chose this green and white jersey, not specifically thinking of Betis but from the sense of colour."

More News For this Category

Suarez, Cavani score as Uruguay crush 10-man Ecuador in Copa America

Suarez, Cavani score as Uruguay crush 10-man Ecuador in Copa America

AFP, Belo Horizonte :Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were on target as Uruguay thumped 10-man Ecuador 4-0 in their opening Group C match at the Copa America on Sunday.Nicolas Lodeiro

Qatar hit back to snatch Paraguay draw in Copa America debut

Qatar hit back to snatch Paraguay draw in Copa America debut

AFP, Rio De Janeiro :Boualem Khoukhi scored 13 minutes from time as Asian champions Qatar hit back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with Paraguay at the Copa

Salah helps Egypt to another Africa Cup warm-up victory

Salah helps Egypt to another Africa Cup warm-up victory

AFP, Johannesburg :Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah came off the bench but did not score as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts defeated fellow qualifiers Guinea 3-1 Sunday in a

Arsenal refusing to sell AC Milan target Lucas Torreira

Arsenal refusing to sell AC Milan target Lucas Torreira

Arsenal are refusing to sell midfielder Lucas Torreira amid interest from AC Milan, according to Sky in Italy.With Marco Giampaolo set to move from Sampdoria to the San Siro as

David double as Canada rout Martinique

David double as Canada rout Martinique

AFP, Los Angeles :Canada kicked off the CONCACAF Gold Cup with an emphatic win over Martinique on Saturday, outclassing the Caribbean minnows 4-0 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.Two

Messi 'bitter' as Colombia stun Argentina

Messi 'bitter' as Colombia stun Argentina

AFP, Salvador :Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half.Goals from Roger Martinez and

Coutinho brace helps Brazil forget Neymar in winning Copa start

Coutinho brace helps Brazil forget Neymar in winning Copa start

AFP, Sao Paulo :A brace from Philippe Coutinho handed hosts Brazil a winning start to the Copa America on Friday in a 3-0 victory over Bolivia as the absence of

Sunday's hat-trick helps Dhaka Abahani beat Rahmatganj 5-2

A brilliant hat-trick by Nigerian booter Sunday Chizoba enabled defending champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd to pile up another impressive 5-2 goals victory over Rahmatganj MFS in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier

Juventus move ends Sarri's unhappy marriage with Chelsea

Juventus move ends Sarri's unhappy marriage with Chelsea

Agency :Maurizio Sarri is set to return to Italy to take the vacant managerial role at Juventus and bring the curtain down on a fretful one-year stay at Chelsea.Sarri

'Japanese Messi' Kubo set for Real Madrid move

'Japanese Messi' Kubo set for Real Madrid move

AFP, Tokyo :Teenage sensation Takefusa Kubo is poised to be snapped up by Spanish giants Real Madrid, Japanese media reported on Friday.The FC Tokyo forward, who recently made his