Lionel Messi to join Argentina national team on Monday, players training in Abu Dhabi


Lionel Messi is set to arrive to the United Arab Emirates on Monday as Rodrigo De Paul and Nahuel Molina have just landed in Abu Dhabi for Argentina’s training and game.

Messi played 74 minutes for PSG in their league game vs. Auxerre on Sunday and is set to join the Argentina national team. He is expected to land in the United Arab Emirates in the early hours on Monday with Ángel Di María and Leandro Paredes.

Rodrigo De Paul and Nahuel Molina were the next two Argentina players that have landed and joined the team. Juan Foyth and Gerónimo Rulli of Villarreal and Julián Álvarez of Manchester City are also in Abu Dhabi, having landed on Sunday.

The Argentina national team will hold an open training on Monday where about 14 players are expected to take part in with paying fans in attendance. Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni presently has four players and one Argentina U20 team player training in Abu Dhabi.

Franco Armani and Argentina U20 goalkeeper Federico Gomes Gerth were the first two players to arrive to the United Arab Emirates as they flew with Lionel Scaloni, the Argentina national team coaching staff and AFA president Chiqui Tapia. Germán Pezzella and Guido Rodríguez of Real Betis arrived on Friday morning.

Cristian Cuti Romero of Tottenham Hotspur joined the Argentina national team, having landed early Sunday morning. The players are presently doing exercises in Abu Dhabi.

Argentina play the United Arab Emirates on November 16 in Abu Dhabi. Here are the players that are with the team:

Rodrigo De Paul, Nahuel Molina, Cristian Cuti Romero, Juan Foyth, Gerónimo Rulli, Julián Álvarez, Germán Pezzella, Guido Rodríguez and Franco Armani.

More players are expected to arrive in the next hours with the country waiting for Lionel Messi to land.


  1. Ten hag known garnacho talents but didn’t want for him to make it to the world cup. That’s why he choose to play him regularly now. He knows it’s to late for him to make the team with just a couple matches. Shame on u ten hag.

    • No it’s not true. It was Garnnacho’s attitude problem, pushed him away from the chances at the starting of the season. Now he’s trying to control that, so he’s getting his chances. Most importantly, he’s utilizing that opportunity. His confidence level is very high just like his idol cristiano, he thinks he’s the best player.

  2. Alejandro Garnacho!!

    This kid plays like he belongs. Much more than just talent. He believes this is his game.

    Not sure we left a key player behind.

  3. Hello everyone,
    Commenting after a long gap. Have been a member in this beautiful forum since 2011 Copa. One thing I observe, I have never seen this level of optimism among Albiceleste brothers before any tournament. This underline the fact that this is the most balanced team we had since the 2006 World Cup- the team of Magicians & Artists.

    Lo Celso will be missed. But atleast Scaloni & team got time to prepare for the damage. Apart from that, it’s all positives. Leo & Lautaro completed their games without trouble. Dybala is back with a bang. We got 2 super subs now in Dybala & Angelo. (I want Dyabala & Messi to start together and create havoc in opposition lines since the group games, but less likely). Di Maria should not start the games atleast in group stages.

    This is my favorite 11 for the first Big Game.

    Molina, Cuti, Ota,Acuna:
    Leo, Dybala,Papu

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