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Messi arrives in Argentina

Buenos Aires, May 22: Argentine national team captain Leo Messi arrived in Buenos Aires on Tuesday to start training for the Russia 2018 World Cup. The striker arrived from Spain, landing in the Ministro Pistarini International Airport, southwest of Buenos Aires, from where he drove straight to the Argentine national team’s training ground.

“Our captain Lionel Messi is now at the Ezeiza training ground. Welcome Leo!,” the Argentine national team posted on its Twitter account.

The Argentine national team is expected to arrive in Russia on June 10, playing against Iceland in their debut match on June 16, in Moscow’s Otkrytie Arena.

Argentina will play against Haiti on May 29 at the Boca Juniors stadium in Buenos Aires, before travelling to play a friendly against Israel on June 9. IANS

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