Argentina must be stronger, says Lionel Messi the goat

The eternal argument of who is better Ronaldo or Messi has been given extra spice ahead of this summer's World Cup

In an apparent nod to Palestinian protesters, Argentina's National Football team has suspended a planned soccer match with Israel, according to Israeli and Argentinian media reports published Tuesday.

The match in Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina's final game before they kick off their World Cup campaign in Russian Federation on June 16.

Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian FA, implored Leo Messi not to attend the friendly between Israel and Argentina.

Under pressure from pro-Palestine campaigners, Argentina has canceled a controversial World Cup warm-up match against Israel in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds amid an global outcry over the regime's crimes against Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) welcomed the decision on Tuesday.

"The best goalkeeper? I played against many, but to choose one specifically I would say (Gianluigi) Buffon, and (Manuel) Neuer..."

"There is nothing "friendly" about military occupation and apartheid", the movement said, which calls for an end to the occupation of Palestine, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and equal rights for Palestinians citizens of Israel.

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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had last week aired misgivings about having to travel to Israel, noting he would have preferred to remain in Barcelona, where the team is holding its pre-World Cup training camp.

There was no initial reaction from the Israeli FA or from Israeli politicians.

Mr Rajoub, who had before the reported cancellation called for Palestinians to burn replica shirts and pictures of Messi, announced that he would hold a press conference on Wednesday.

The game would have come shortly after multiple protests and violence in Jerusalem after United States President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to the capital - which is claimed by both Israel and Palestine.

The news was met with cheers in Gaza, where at least 120 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during recent protests. The Palestinians have agreed in several agreements to claim the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future state that will include the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

He called the Barcelona forward a "symbol of love and peace", and called on him to not participate in the beautification of "the fascist occupation's image".

Faurie also said players had received threats over playing the game and were uncomfortable with it going ahead.

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