Messi: I Don't Consider Myself The Best

Messi: I Don't Consider Myself The Best

Messi: I Don't Consider Myself The Best

Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm-up match against Israel scheduled for this Saturday in Jerusalem, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Tuesday.

A senior source at Argentina's Football Federation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the match in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium had been canceled.

"The Embassy of Israel regrets to communicate the suspension of the match between Israel and Argentina", a statement said, referring to "threats and provocations" against Argentina captain Messi.

Israeli media reported that in light of this latest development, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak to his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri by telephone.

The Culture and Sport Ministry's director general, Yossi Sharabi, said Wednesday morning that "a final effort" was still being made to hold the game as planned.

Rajoub had accused Israel of using the match as a political tool and now the clash has been cancelled.

It has also been claimed that several Argentina players were uneasy about travelling to Israel for the game before its cancellation.


Earlier this week, the head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) Jibril Rajoub slammed the friendly as being opposite "a game of peace". Jorge Faurie did not confirm the game had been axed, but told reporters in Washington on the sidelines of the Organization of American States meeting that he believed players had been reluctant to travel to Israel to play.

Messi will be in action against Israel for Argentina this coming weekend in an global friendly, ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Rajoub has long urged FIFA to expel Israel from the global football federation, citing Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian soccer players and because Israel maintains teams in West Bank settlements.

Palestinians are outraged at US President Donald Trump's decision last December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, breaking with decades of policy, and move his country's embassy there.

"I don't consider myself the best, I think I am just another player.On the field, we are all the same when the game begins", Messi said. "We ask him not to participate in laundering the crimes of the occupation", he added.

However, Rajoub took it a step further, calling for a campaign against the Argentinian team and its star player, Lionel Messi.

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