Argentina's Lionel Messi kicked off his World Cup preparations with a goal and an assist against UAE in a warmup game at Al-Jazira Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.
Lionel Messi began his World Cup preparations with a goal and an assist against the UAE in a warmup game.
Messi assisted Julian Alvarez for Argentina's first goal in the 16th minute before scoring himself in the 44th.
Messi's goal was his 91st of his international career. Argentina led the United Arab Emirates 4-0 at the half.
Argentina is one of the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar, having gone undefeated in 35 matches prior to the tournament.
Argentina did not have a full practise session after arriving in Abu Dhabi only 24 hours before.
The Albicelestes, on the other hand, had no jetlag. Julian Alvarez of Manchester City opened the floodgates just 17 minutes into the game.
Lionel Messi delivered the ball perfectly, and Alvarez breezed past the defenders to score.