Messi's Argentina willing to come to Bangladesh in June

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with the trophy after winning the World Cup at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on December 18, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Lionel Messi's Argentina, reigning world champions, have agreed to come to Bangladesh for a friendly match in June this year, given all the conditions are met, informed Bangladesh Football Federation's vice-president Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik.

The BFF official informed that they are working on finalising the details, which could be completed by Tuesday night.

"Argentina are expected to come to Bangladesh to play a FIFA friendly in June. They have quite a few conditions that must be met and we are completing the final negotiations," Manik told The Daily Star.

Meanwhile, FIFA's executive member Mahfuza Akter Kiron, also the women's wing chairman of BFF, informed the Daily Star that they are in talks with teams such as Morocco and Japan to play against the world champions.

"We haven't finalised with whom they will play. We are negotiating with a few teams like Japan and Morocco for the friendly," Kiron told The Daily Star.

If Albiceleste do come in June, this will be their second visit to Bangladesh, with their first visit taking place in September 2011 when they beat Nigeria 3-1 in a friendly at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The BNS is currently undergoing renovation. There are a lot of work still remaining at the venue, including grass, renovation of the galleries and dressing rooms.   

BFF will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon to apprise media about Argentina's impending visit.