Messi leads Argentina to victory

Argentina footballer Lionel Messi scored a goal in his team's match against Brazil on Friday.
Argentina footballer Lionel Messi scored a goal in his team’s match against Brazil on Friday. (thesun.co.uk)

Five-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi led Argentina to a 1-0 victory over arch South American rival Brazil in their friendly international Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Messi, the Barcelona ace midfielder, tapped in the ball in the 13th minute from the rebound after a penalty, which he had taken, was saved by goalkeeper Alisson for Brazil. It was his 69th international goal.

Brazil had also gotten a penalty earlier, but Gabriel Jesus missed from the spot.

Messi also got into a bit of controversy when he seemingly told Brazil’s manager Tite to shut up. The player put his finger on his mouth in front of the manager.

It was also a return to competitive action for Messi. He served a three-month ban for saying the Copa America was “fixed for Brazil” after the hosts had beaten Argentina in the semifinals and Peru in the July final.