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Argentina, Sampaoli says that Messi has a "gun to his head"

27 March 2018

Lionel Messi looks set to return for Argentina in today's friendly match against Spain.

Messi will be back in action this evening against Spain, having missed the 2-0 win over Italy on Friday.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had also indicated that Messi would be taking no risk in making an appearance in what is regarded as an important warm-up clash ahead of this summer's World Cup.

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"I think it's a attractive fixture against Argentina, in an fantastic stadium, and against the runners-up of the World Cup, and where one of the best players in the history of football will be playing", he said. "The day before the match against Italy he said he wasn't fit to play and he didn't".

"Leo has to play like he does for his club, to put him into another structure is madness. I don't think there will be a problem tomorrow (Tuesday)".

After coming so close to raising the sport's most coveted trophy, Messi wants this group of Argentina players to prove they belong in the history books.

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"He can generate a lot of's impossible to teach something to Messi". "We are in a position where he is untouchable".

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has said goalkeepers will have to get used to the World Cup ball before the tournament starts in June rather than complain about it following criticism from Germany's Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Spain's Pepe Reina. On the right we can cut inside and we have the whole pitch in front of us. I always see him at a high level of compromise with the national team and its wishes.

The last meeting between the countries came in a 2010 friendly in Buenos Aires where Messi scored in a 4-1 Argentina victory.

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"We've just played the world champions (Germany) and now face the runners-up who have an incredible player, who collectively have improved with the arrival of Sampaoli".

Argentina, Sampaoli says that Messi has a