Paris Saint Germain winger Angel Di Maria was also included but there was no place for striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at Chelsea from Juventus.
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Superstar Lionel Messi’s return to the Argentina side ended in a shock 3-1 friendly defeat to lowly Venezuela in Madrid on Friday.
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Captain Lionel Messi winks at pressmen as Argentina football team arrives in Russia for FIFA World Cup 2018
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Four years after narrowly missing out on football's grandest prize, Argentina superstar Lionel Messi returns for what is likely his last shot at lifting the World Cup. Here are some quick "Messiah" facts for the die-hard fans before the Russian fiesta kicks-off.