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Lionel Messi returns to action for Argentina on Friday against their arch rivals Brazil in what will be his first international appearance since being banned for three months after claiming Copa America referees were 'corrupt'. Messi was furious in the wake of the 2-0 semi-final defeat by eventual winners Brazil in July, claiming that Sergio Aguero should have been awarded a penalty with the score at 1-0. Lionel Messi can't hide his disappointment after Argentina's semi-final defeat by Brazil Still seething, Messi was shown just the second red card of his career in the third-place play-off against Chile just four days later after a tangle with former Cardiff man Gary Medel, who was also sent off. Messi is a shown a red card after his clash with Gary Medel in the third-place play-off Messi trains with his Argentina team-mates ahead of his return to action against Brazil He has also been involved in all four World Cups since his international debut in 2005, coming closest to winning it in 2014 when Argentina were beaten in extra-time in the final by Germany. Yet the fire still obviously burns in Messi otherwise we wouldn't see him turning out against Brazil in Saudi Arabia on Friday, preparing perhaps for one last push at the World Cup in 2022, during which he will turn 35.
Before that, there is the Copa America next summer jointly hosted by Argentina and Colombia, where Messi will be looking to finally end that international trophy drought. But it is clear that Messi cares an awful lot about playing for his country and the lack of a trophy for Argentina is the one blot on his unparalleled CV. Lionel Messi and Argentina will take on Brazil in one of international football's glamour fixtures on Friday. Imre Schlosser (not pictured), Hungary 59 goals (68 games) AFP via Getty Images 4/31 T-28. David Villa, Spain 59 goals (98 games) Getty Images 5/31 27.
Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland 68 goals (146 games) AFP/Getty Images 12/31 T-18. Lionel Messi, Argentina 68 goals (136 games) Getty Images 13/31 T-18. Gerd Muller, Germany 68 goals (62 games) Getty Images 14/31 T-18. Carlos Ruiz, Guatemala 68 goals (133 games) AFP/Getty Images 15/31 T-15. Hossam Hassan, Egypt 70 goals (169 games) AFP/Getty Images 16/31 T-15.
Sandor Kocsis, Hungary 75 goals (68 games) Getty Images 24/31 T-8. Bashar Abdullah, Kuwait 75 goals (134 games) AFP/Getty Images 25/31 7. Pele, Brazil 77 goals (92 games) AFP/Getty Images 26/31 6. Hussain Saeed (back row, fourth from left), Iraq 78 goals (137 games) AFP/Getty Images 27/31 5. Godfrey Chitalu (not pictured), Zambia 79 goals (111 games) AFP/Getty Images 28/31 4. Kunishige Kamamoto (white number 18, centre), Japan 80 goals (84 games) AFP/Getty Images 29/31 3. Ferenc Puskas, Hungary 84 goals (85 games) Getty Images 30/31 2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal 96 goals (162 games) Getty Images 31/31 1. Ali Daei, Iran 109 goals (149 games) AFP/Getty Images Riyad hosts the contest with Lionel Messi hoping to strike up a connection with Lautaro Martinez, who has quickly emerged as the next Argentine superstar under Antonio Conte's influence at Inter – also, can Leandro Paredes control a match against elite opponents? The country's all-time top goalscorer has scored in every game he's played for Bayern Munich this season, and at international level he can surpass Neymar and tie Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a brace against Israel, strengthening his place among the pantheon of great modern strikers. Saudi Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority Turki Al-Sheikh met with football legend Lionel Messi on the sidelines of the international friendly match between Brazil and Argentina which will be held on Friday at King Saud University Stadium. Lionel Messi may be the darling of Barcelona and king of the Nou Camp, but he once sought out a Real Madrid star for a shirt swap. But after years of watching the World Cup winner broadcast his skills at the highest level the Barcelona star could resist asking for his shirt. Brazil vs Argentina (Photo Credits: Getty Images) Brazil vs Argentina international friendly fixture will see a host of footballing stars on display. But with Brazil failing to beat teams below them in ranking in the last few games, Argentina knows they are well in the contest. A look at the players to watch out for in Brazil vs Argentina (BRA vs ARG) contest. Brazil vs Argentina Head-to-Head Record: Ahead of International Friendly 2019, Here're Football Match Results of Last 5 BRA vs ARG Encounters. 1. Lionel Messi – The Argentine skipper returns to the international fold after a 3-month suspension following some controversial remarks against referees at the Copa America. He has been in great form for Barcelona and could prove to be a nemesis for Brazil if he is afforded space in the game. Brazil vs Argentina Dream11 Prediction in International Friendlies 2019: Tips to Pick Best Team for BRA vs ARG Football Match. Argentina have defeated Brazil just once in their last six meetings which is not a good thing to a read if you are an Argentine fan.