For the second day in a row, Lionel Messi did not participate in group training with Argentina in Doha on Saturday. The alarm bells are now ringing loudly in the Argentine press, but it would only be a precautionary measure. Messi trained indoors on Friday, on Saturday he worked individually on the training field. A spokesman for the Argentine Football Association said he had “no news” about the attacker’s health. At Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo trained for the first time with the group on Qatari soil on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Messi and co won 0-5 against the United Arab Emirates in a friendly match in Abu Dhabi. The star player then completed the 90 minutes. The Argentines open their World Cup on Tuesday with a match against Saudi Arabia. This will be followed by confrontations with Mexico (November 26) and Poland (November 30) in Group C.
At Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo trained for the first time with the group on Qatari soil on Saturday. Ronaldo gave up on Thursday for the farewell match of the Portuguese in Lisbon against Nigeria (4-0) because of gastritis (inflammation of the stomach). The 37-year-old attacker was in the spotlight all week after some angry statements against his club Manchester United in an earlier interview. The Portuguese arrived in Qatar in the night from Friday to Saturday.
Portugal starts the World Cup against Ghana on Thursday. Ronaldo and co will later compete in group H against Uruguay (November 28) and South Korea (December 2).