The last time Lionel Messi stepped out at the famous MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) was when Argentina defeated Australia in a friendly in 2007 and ten years on it has been announced that La Albiceleste will face Brazil at the same stadium in June.
The SuperClásico de las Americas between Argentina and Brazil has been taken on tour and after Beijing hosted the contest in 2014, Australia will now receive the two South American giants.
It is thought that one of the side’s will remain in the country to face Australia as a warm-up before the Socceroos participate in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
It isn’t yet clear if either side will name full-strength sides and the match organisers haven’t been able to make any promises that the likes of Lionel Messi or Neymar will be on show but the friendly has now been confirmed.
Regardless, the state of Victoria’s sports minister John Eren said, “We will have the two best teams clashing here at the MCG. I think it’s going to be a blockbuster. It’s going to be a sell-out.”
If indeed it is a sell-out, the crowd would surpass the 70,000 that watched Messi’s Argentina beat Australia in 2007 and creep towards the staggering 100,000 capacity.
“There is 100 years of rivalry between Argentina and Brazil. These matches are always special,” Edgardo Bauza was quoted as saying after the match was announced.
“We look forward to meeting in Melbourne. Our priority is to prepare for the important World Cup qualifiers coming up in 2017 and this match and the camp will be extremely valuable.”