Messi trains at Melbourne City Headquarters

Messi was seen touching down in Melbourne today with the Argentina squad ahead of their clash with neighboring rivals Brazil. 

Argentina’s squad landed in Melbourne today, after an 11 hour flight from Beijing. The five time Ballon D’or winner looked relaxed, during Argentina’s afternoon training at Melbourne City HQ.

New coach Jorge Sampaoli is bringing the big guns down under. Some notable names include including Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus) and Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus).

Even though this may be a friendly at the MCG, losing against a rival nation is the ultimate humiliation. Expect these two rivals to produce an absolute blockbuster on Friday night.

WATCH | Messi and co train at Melbourne City HQ

Argentina Squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad)

Defenders: Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Eduaro Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Rodrigo Biglia (Lazio), Ever Banega (Inter Milan), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Leandro Paredes (Roma), Guido Rodriguez (Tijuana)

Attackers: Leo Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Joaquin Correa (Sevilla), Alejandro Dario Gomez (Atalanta), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

BRAZIL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica)

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (AS Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (PSG), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Diego Souza (Atletico-PR), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Ari Charilaou