Messi: I don’t consider myself the best

The eternal argument of who is better Ronaldo or Messi has been given extra spice ahead of this summer's World Cup

The eternal argument of who is better Ronaldo or Messi has been given extra spice ahead of this summer's World Cup

Argentinian sports website Minutouno reported on Tuesday that Saturday's game in Jerusalem had been "suspended" amid an "escalation of violence, threats and criticism" directed at captain "Leo" Messi.

The fixture between the two teams was set to be played in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium on June 9, which is built on land that was once a Palestinian village that was destroyed in 1948. "We think the right thing to do was not to go".

Talking about the World Cup, Messi-who is yet to clinch a trophy for Argentina- said that he is hopeful to see his side delivering well at the prestigious tournament, goal.comquoted People Magazine, as saying.

"They've finally done the right thing", striker Gonzalo Higuain had said earlier in an interview with ESPN, before an unnamed official told the Associated Press that the game had been cancelled.

The match in Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina's final game before they kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16 in Russian Federation.

Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat said that Minister Regev should realize that "the worldwide community will not yield to the Israeli government.Israel.does not deserve an award but [is deserving of] punishment".

Husni Abdel Wahed, Argentina's Palestinian ambassador, compared travelling to Israel to if Palestine celebrated the Falklands War.

"From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred to play in Barcelona", Sampaoli said. "The Israeli government is trying to give it political significance by insisting it be held in Jerusalem". "We ask him not to participate in laundering the crimes of the occupation".

Earlier this week, the head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) Jibril Rajoub slammed the friendly as being opposite "a game of peace".

New York City-based magazine PAPER has taken Lionel Messi's status as football's GOAT one step further by pairing the Barcelona forward with a number of the animals for a photoshoot.

Messi, he added, "has tens of millions of fans in the Arab and Muslim countries... we ask everyone to burn their shirts which bear his name and posters (with his image)".

The Argentine has got the better of many shot-stoppers throughout his career, but from time to time, the 30-year-old has been kept out by a determined keeper between the sticks.

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