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Lionel Messi Poses With Actual Goats For PAPER Mag Cover

Lionel Messi Poses With Actual Goats For PAPER Mag Cover

Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, attends a team training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain.

With an incredible record of 563 goals in 637 games for Barca, along with 32 major titles, Messi is widely considered as the greatest player to have graced football.

Argentina's warm-up for the forthcoming World Cup has come to an earlier than expected end, as the Argentine players were apparently unwilling to go ahead with their friendly against Israel.

"The Israeli government has turned a regular sports match into a political tool".

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"We still hope that Messi will not come", Rajoub said.

Media reports said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called Argentine President Mauricio Macri in an attempt to salvage the friendly tie, due to be played in Jerusalem on Saturday.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed the area in a move not recognized by the global community.

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My responsibility as president of the Argentina Football Association [AFA] is to look after the health, physical integrity and security of our delegation.

"Argentina is seven days from the World Cup".

The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means.

Israel lays claim to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds, but the global community views the city's eastern sector as an occupied territory and Palestinians consider it as the capital of their future state. "On the field, we are all the same when the game begins", he said.

"Unfortunately we can not come to Israel in the current situation", said Claudio Tapia, president of the association, at a press conference in Barcelona where the national team has been training ahead of the start of the World Cup tournament in Russian Federation on June 14.

The Argentina versus Israel friendly match scheduled for this weekend has sparked a wave of criticisms in pro-Palestine circles, with Palestinian fans and footballing authorities demanding that the match be called off.

"From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred to play in Barcelona", Sampaoli said.

"I stressed that the game, in the wake of the killing of the Palestinians in Gaza and the relocation of the United States. embassy to Jerusalem, sends a risky message to the Israeli government that the world ignores its gross human rights violations". Israel regards Jerusalem as its "eternal and undivided" capital.


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