Barcelona forward Lionel Messi watches the pitch during their friendly match Mamelodi Sundowns vs Barcelona FC for the Mandela Centenary Trophy on May 16, 2018 at FNB Soccer Stadium in Johannesburg. / AFP / PHILL MAGAKOE
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Tickets for an Israel-Argentina friendly in Jerusalem next month with Barcelona star Lionel Messi expected in the line-up sold out within 20 minutes, the Israeli company handling sales said.Another 5,000 places went to supporters of the Israeli national team in a pre-sale reserved for them and over 4,000 tickets were to be distributed to children from needy families.In the past, Argentina have played Israel several times in friendly matches, usually before the World Cup, suffering a 1-2 defeat in 1998 but crushing the Israelis 7-2 in 1990 with Maradona at the helm.
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