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Messi Boosts Argentina Squad ahead of Brazil Friendly in Saudi Arabia


Mahmoud Al Assal

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 01:50 GMT

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has included Barcelona star Lionel Messi to take part in his team’s squad for the upcoming friendly game against Brazil that will take place in Saudi Arabia on November 15th.

Messi missed Argentina’s squad since he was sent off against Chile in their victorious third-place play-off match in the Copa America on July 7th, as his ban ends on November 3rd.

AFP reported that Scaloni announced Argentina’s squad on Thursday, October 31st for the upcoming two friendlies against Brazil on November 15th and Uruguay on November 18th; Messi was included.

Messi is serving a three-month suspension for comments he made after the game against Chile, in which he accused CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, of corruption.

Meanwhile, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo have been recalled for the squad.

Argentina played four games without Messi, as they were held to a goalless draw by Chile and drew 2-2 with Germany, while they smashed Mexico 4-0 and Ecuador 6-1.

Messi, who scored twice in a 5-1 win over Real Valladolid on Tuesday, October 29th, will be a worthy addition for Argentina’s squad ahead of facing topflight Brazil.

Argentina’s full squad:

Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesín (Porto/Portugal), Juan Musso (Udinese/Italy), Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal/England), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors / Argentine)

Defenders: Juan Foyth (Tottenham/England), Renzo Saravia (Porto/Portugal), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City/England), German Pezzella (Fiorentina/Italy), Marcos Rojo (Man United /England), Walter Kannemann (Gremio/Brazil), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax/ Netherlands), Nehuen Perez (Famalicao/Portugal), Guido Rodriguez (America/Mexico)

Midfielders: Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham/England), Leandro Paredes (PSG/France), Nicolas Dominguez (Velez/ Argentina), Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese/Italy), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal), Roberto Pereyra (Watford/England), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla/Spain)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Spain), Sergio Aguero (Man City/England), Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart/Germany), Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan/Italy), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/Italy).

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