Muscat-based marine engineer Amrit Sarkar who boarded Qatar Airways' flight No QR 294 will forever remember his flight from Doha to Kolkata as it isn't everyday that one gets to be a co-passenger to the world's best footballer, Lionel Messi.
However for Sarkar, it will be a regret all his life that he was late in taking his SLR camera out, which caused him to miss out on an opportunity to have a picture that would have been etched in his memory forever.
The wildlife photographer and enthusiast, couldn't click a photograph of Messi as the Argentine was surrounded by hordes of airport officials before being taken out of the airport discreetly.
"Oh My God, was my first reaction when I saw Messi just hands away from me. I was just completing my check-out formalities when a noise diverted my attention to a short fellow.
"He was wearing a white T-shirt and grey shorts with a pair of flip-flops. He was extremely casual. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the legend just near me. But by the time I could take out my SLR camera he had disappeared," Sarkar told PTI, at the airport lobby, waiting for his in-laws.
He said he will always regret this moment in life.
"Never had I thought I would land up in the same flight as Messi. At the Doha aiport, though we felt that there was something, the aiport officials started the security check pretty early.