RIYADH: Argentina superstar Lionel Messi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday ahead of his team’s Superclasico de las Americas clash with Brazil in Riyadh on Friday.
The Barcelona legend is set to feature for “La Albiceleste” against the Brazilians, who can call upon Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.
The match, being held at the King Saud University Stadium, is the second time in a year the two footballing giants have faced each other in the Kingdom.
The 2018 Copa America champions Brazil beat their fierce rivals 1-0 in Jeddah last year with a late Miranda goal — Messi was not available for selection for the match.
Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 at home in the semifinal of this year’s Copa America in July, a controversial match that left Messi complaining the hosts benefitted from favoritism.