Messi trains in Manchester ahead of the warm up friendly against Italy at the Ethihad
– Lionel Messi and co trained in Manchester in preparation for Italy match
– Argentina will play against Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland in the group of death
– Messi will be hoping Argentina wins the World Cup during his time as captain
Ahead of the pre-World Cup friendly match against Italy, Lionel Messi and co trained at the Ethihad, venue of the titanic clash with the Azzuri’s.
The Barcelona superstar has been in one of the best forms of his playing career with record breaking achievements at the Nou Camp.
Messi reached a landmark in terms of goals as he netted his 100th Champions League strike against Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 tie.
The Albiceleste had a tough CONMEBOL qualification campaign but booked the third ticket to Russia courtesy of their inspirational captain.
Despite the five-time Ballon d’Or’s colourful career with the Spanish giants, he is yet to earn a silverware for his native country, and the World Cup in June could be the last throw of the dice for Messi in his national colours.
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Argentina will slug it out with familiar foe, Nigeria, the star-studded eastern European nation, Croatia, and the Scandinavian debutants, Iceland, in Group D.
The Stadium of Manchester will be packed to capacity as all eyes will be on the world’s best player when the Blue and White stripes face the Azzuri.
Italy missed out on the World Cup at the play-offs to Sweden but they are undergoing a rebuilding process as they are preparing for the European championships that will hold in the next two years.