Madness for Lionel Messi: a large crowd of fans went to receive the captain of the Albiceleste in Beijing

Messi's arrival in the Chinese capital.

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Hundreds of Chinese fans flocked this Saturday to the city's airport and the Four Seasons hotel in Beijing to receive Lionel Messi, who arrived this morning in the Chinese capital to join the concentration of the Argentine team for the friendly that will be played on Thursday against Australia in the Chinese capital.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the mentioned hotel since this morning to see up close the arrival of Messi and the rest of the players who arrived with him.

An hour after the arrival of the Argentine star, the hashtag "Messi is already in Beijing" became the most viewed topic on the Weibo social network, with more than 120 million tickets.

This is the seventh trip to China for the star, who arrived in Beijing in a private plane together with others summoned for the friendly, according to images released by official Chinese media.

The defenders are also already in Beijing Nicholas Otamendi (Benfica) and Christian Romero (Tottenham), exequiel palacios (Bayer Leverkusen) and Facundo Buonanotte (Brighton), who were the first to arrive in the Chinese capital.

Argentina, current world champion, will play their last two friendlies before the qualifiers qualifying for the World Cup between the United States, Mexico and Canada against Australia in Beijing, next Thursday, and against Indonesia in Jakarta on the 19th.

The duel of the Albiceleste against the 'Socceroos' will be the reissue of the confrontation that had the Last December 3 at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium in Al-Rayyan in the round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cupin which Lionel Scaloni's team won by 2-1 with goals from Messi and Julián Álvarez, and with many difficulties.

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