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Argentina gear up ahead of Venezuela friendly

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Argentina gear up ahead of Venezuela friendly

Argentina gear up ahead of Venezuela friendly

Lionel Messi and the Argentine squad train ahead of their friendly against Venezuela

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Argentina gear up ahead of Venezuela friendly

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MARCH 19, 2019) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1.

FORWARD LIONEL MESSI SEATED ON THE BALL 2.

MESSI AT SESSION 3.

PLAYERS TRAINING 4.

MESSI SITTING ON THE BALL 5.

PLAYERS TRAINING 6.

MESSI LEAVING TRAINING SESSION 7.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIDFIELDER GUIDO RODRIGUEZ, SPEAKING ABOUT TRAINING WITH MESSI, SAYING: "We are proud to be here training with the best player in the world.

We have to enjoy it." 8.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GOALKEEPER JUAN MUSSO, SAYING: "We are very happy, he trains like the rest of us and for us it is an honour to have him back in the national team.

I hope all of us are up to the expectations and manage to get the results we are looking for." 9.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIDFIELDER IVAN MARCONE SAYING: "Two different times.

We try to enjoy both.

When you watch Maradona's video you enjoy and now we are lucky to enjoy Messi.

We are not comparing them, we just enjoy and they both are Argentinian." STORY: Argentina trained in Madrid on Tuesday (March 19) ahead of their international friendly match against Venezuela.

Lionel Messi trained with the rest of the squad and his team mates said they where delighted to have him back in the squad.

The Barcelona forward has not played for his country since their last-16 exit at the hands of eventual champions France, opting to take a sabbatical after what was a disappointing tournament for the five-times Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi is Argentina's leading goal scorer with 65 goals but he is often criticized for not reproducing his club form for the national side.

After the training session, reporters asked the players to choose between Argentina idols Diego Maradona and Messi, prompting the same response - two great players impossible to compare.

Argentina are training at Real Madrid's facilities in Valdebebas and some players have joked with Messi about training on his archrival's soil.

(Production: Guillermo Martinez, Silvio Castellanos)




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