Messi and Argentina train in Manchester ahead of Italy game
Lionel Messi joined his Argentina side for training on Tuesday (March 20) ahead of Friday’s friendly against Italy in Manchester.
The Barcelona talisman flew into Manchester Airport on Tuesday afternoon before joining up with his team-mates at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus training facilities.
Friday’s game against Italy will be the South American side’s first chance to start match preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Argentina failed to impress in the qualifying stages and needed a Messi hat-trick in their final game against Ecuador to qualify for the finals.
Argentina has been drawn against Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in Group D.