Argentina star Lionel Messi arrives in Riyadh ahead of Brazil clash

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. (Screenshot/Twitter)
Updated 14 November 2019

Argentina star Lionel Messi arrives in Riyadh ahead of Brazil clash

  • Barcelona legend is set to feature for “La Albiceleste” against the Brazilians
  • The 2018 Copa America champions Brazil beat their fierce rivals 1-0 in Jeddah last year

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.


Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

Updated 22 September 2020

Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

  • The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus
  • Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport

ROME: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is suspected of cheating to pass his Italian language test with the help of his teachers, the Perugia prosecutor’s department in charge of the investigation said on Tuesday.
The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus.
“The investigation showed that the subjects discussed during the exam were agreed beforehand with the candidate and that the grade was awarded to him even before the test,” the prosecutor’s department said in a statement.
Local prosecutor Raffaele Cantone, a former head of Italy’s National Anti-Corruption Authority, had been carrying out an investigation since February into University for Foreigners officials over various irregularities. Suspicions over Suarez were aroused by an overheard conversation.
“But what do you think, that we’re going to fail him? Today I have the last lesson (with Suarez) and I have to prepare it because he barely speaks a word” of Italian, Stefania Spina, one of the people targeted by the investigation, is claimed to have said according to prosecution documents cited by Italian media.
Asked by a colleague what level Suarez “should pass” in Italian, Spina reportedly replied: “He should not, he must, he will pass, because with a salary of 10 million (euros) per season, you can’t make him fail” his exam, “even if he doesn’t know how to conjugate verbs and speak in the infinitive.”
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said last week a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport.
The Italian champions cannot recruit Suarez otherwise because they have already reached their quota for non-EU players.