Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Lionel Messi to miss Nigeria friendly: Argentine coach

He has scored three goals in 14 Premier Liga games this season.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi joined his Argentinian team mates for training on Tuesday at Moscow's Spartak Stadium ahead of their friendly match against Russian Federation.

Messi "has absolutely nothing to prove", Sampaoli said, acknowledging that coaching "the best player in the world" and the sport's global ambassador is a "big responsibility".

Aguero fed star Lionel Messi for an opening that was thwarted by a goal-line clearance early in the second half, while Denis Glushakov went close with a pair of rare opportunities for the host of next year's World Cup.

As a result, Barcelona do not have to worry about Leo Messi's workload this week, as he will return to Spain in the coming hours.

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Messi is now on global duty with the Albiceleste and was greeted at the team hotel in Moscow by Zenit St Petersburg striker Driussi.

Driussi has represented Argentina at U17 and U20 level, scoring a total of eight goals in 23 appearances, but is yet to join Messi in the full worldwide squad.

Barcelona have a tough schedule immediately after the worldwide break with three away games.

The game hosted many huge events through history like the 1980 Summer Olympic games and 2008 UEFA Champions League final, when Manchester United defeated Chelsea on a penalty-shootout to win the title.

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