Nearly four weeks after the final against France in Qatar, Messi needed only five minutes to make an impact.
Chelsea tweeted "the artist has arrived", welcoming the Portugal international, who had also been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.
It is the first time Iraq has hosted the biennial competition -- commonly referred to as the "Gulf Cup" -- since it was launched in 1979.
Infantino is due to be re-elected for a four-year presidential term at a March 16 election meeting in Rwanda.
The 33-year-old leaves the stage with a record 111 caps for Wales and 41 goals -- another record.
Because they play for the same team, their rivalry could intensify over the rest of this season.
La Graet's comments on Zidane also drew criticism from France's star forward Kylian Mbappe and the country's Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera.
"Zidane is France, we don't disrespect the legend like that...," the Paris Saint-Germain forward wrote on Twitter.
India, once called a "sleeping giant" of football by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, are 106th in world rankings and struggle to grab public attention in the cricket-obsessed country.
Some soccer superstars find themselves prolonging their careers at unlikely soccer outposts usually for vast amounts of money.
Galtier also called upon PSG fans to provide the Argentine a warm welcome, despite his key role in defeating France in the final of the World Cup.
Saudi Arabia regularly executes people for crimes including murder, rape and drug smuggling. On a single day last year, 81 people were put to death, many of whom were tried in grossly unfair trials.
Ronaldo’s arrival on a two-and-a-half-year contract, reportedly earning him up to $200 million-a-year, is expected to heap unprecedented attention on Al Nassr and the Saudi Pro League.
The Brazilian football great, whose funeral was held Tuesday after his death last week at age 82, bought his mausoleum 19 years ago inside the Memorial Ecumenical Cemetery.
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, heads to the Gulf after a painful year that saw him relegated to the Portugal bench and cut adrift by Manchester United.