Thursday October 2nd, 2014

Argentina and Portugal will play a friendly in Manchester, England, on Nov. 18, the Argentine football association announced Thursday.

The South American country is the "home" team. It rarely plays friendlies in Argentina due to the preponderance of old stadiums that limit revenue, according to the Associated Press.

The friendly will mean a matchup between Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, generally considered the top two players in the world. Messi has won the Ballon d'Or three times and the the FIFA World Player of the Year once, while Ronaldo has won each award once.

The two play for rival teams in La Liga as well. Messi has five goals in six league games for Barcelona this season and Ronaldo has 10 goals in five La Liga games for Real Madrid.

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Messi helped lead Argentina to the final of this summer's FIFA World Cup, where the team fell to Germany 1-0 in extra time.

Argentina also has friendlies scheduled for Oct. 11 against Brazil in Beijing and Oct. 14 at Hong Kong. The football association said its trying to set up a match on Nov. 15 in Madrid, possibly against Colombia.

Ben Estes

 

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