Superstar Lionel Messi was called up to Argentina’s squad on Monday as he faces his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar and Brazil in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The CONMEBOL match on September 5 will be the first time the two icons will face each other as PSG team-mates, and two months after Messi led Argentina to a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the Copa America final. It will come soon.
The most anticipated match is a sandwich between two other World Cup qualifiers, with Argentina playing Venezuela on September 2 and Bolivia a week later.
Brazil leads the CONMEBOL singles qualifying group with a perfect 18 points from six matches, while Argentina is second and unbeaten with 12 points.
Messi won his first international trophy in July as he helped Argentina end a 27-year wait for the big silverware by upsetting Brazil at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The star players of both the countries have not been able to play each other so far this season as both have been extended by the PSG after the Copa rehearsals.
After playing for Barcelona for more than two decades, Messi is expected to step into the PSG from the Rams this weekend.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made no surprises in his squad, with Inter Milan’s Lottaro Martنیnez and Juventus’ Paulo Debala being included in strong-looking options, although Sergio Aguero’s signing new Barca injury has been ruled out. Gone
Two other PSG players, Angel Di Maria, who scored the winner in the Copa Am فائنلrica final, and Leandro Perez are in the squad.
PSG defender Marquinhos will add Neymar to the Brazil squad.