The man from Rosario participated alongside the group and when an hour of work was done he took off his boots and sat on the field of play to watch the shots from his teammates so as not to demand his physique after the wear and tear from the flight from Paris .
Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Ángel Di María, Nicolás Tagliafico, Exequiel Palacios, Juan Foyth, Julián Álvarez, Gerónimo Rulli, Guido Rodríguez, Germán Pezzella, Franco Armani, Nahuel Molina and Cristian Romero were also available to Lionel Scaloni’s coaching staff .
The practice began at 6:00 p.m. in Abu Dhabi with a temperature close to 30 degrees and lasted just over an hour.
At the end of practice, the four footballers from Italy appeared: Paulo Dybala, Nicolás González, Joaquín Correa and Lautaro Martínez, who met their teammates on the pitch of the Al Nahyan stadium.
Messi, relaxed and smiling, was the main attraction for the fans, who covered a large part of the available capacity (15,000 seats). The fans celebrated every touch from Rosario and his goals in the definition exercises as if they were from an official match. Before the start, tickets for the event were still being sold, ranging from 210 dirhams ($57) to 26.25 ($7) with an intermediate option of 78.75 ($21).
Tickets are sold out for tomorrow’s friendly and the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium will be packed with 40,000 spectators.
At least five people wanted to enter the field of play to get closer to Messi, which forced the intervention of the security forces that participated in the operation.
Five minutes after the indicated time, the first to leave the field of play was coach Lionel Scaloni and immediately after his collaborators Roberto Ayala, Walter Samuel, Pablo Aimar and Martín Tocalli, goalkeeper coach along with Damián Albil joined.
Then, the players appeared to the applause of the public who cheered for Messi, who greeted all four sides waving his right arm. Messi got together in a separate group with his closest Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul and Ángel Di María to start a game with the ball to warm up. And to one side was the rest of the group that also included the youth goalkeeper Federico Gomes Gerth. After those first movements, Scaloni gathered the players in the center of the field and after a brief chat he formally started practice. The goalkeepers went to one of the goals with Tocalli and Albil and the players were under the orders of the physical trainers Luis Martín and Rodrigo Barrios.
Left back Nicolás Tagliafico worked with the kinesiologists on one side of the playing field. The former Banfield and Independiente played the entire Olympique de Lyon match against Nice on Friday.
When the soccer players were stretching, the “Italian” soccer players Joaquín Correa, Lautaro Martínez, Nicolás González and Paulo Dybala appeared, already dressed in their training clothes, greeted each other with their teammates and performed some regenerative exercises in sneakers with the “professors” Martin and Barrios. During the day, Alejandro “Papu” Gómez, Nicolás Otamendi, Enzo Fernándes, Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Acuña, Emiliano Martínez, Alexis Mac Allister and Lisandro Martínez arrived.
The selected team’s agenda will continue today with another training session, but behind closed doors, and a press conference by Scaloni.