Lionel Messi flies to Brazil on Neymar’s private jet

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Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Neymar flew into Belo Horizonte together today on Neymar’s private jet ahead of becoming rivals in this week’s World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil.

The players refused speaking to the media, but rather sneaking through security and making their way to their respective hotels.

According to ESPN FC, all three featured in Barcelona’s 2-1 win against Sevilla on Sunday, but will be opponents on Thursday when Brazil faces off with Argentina at the Mineirao,

Neymar’s Brazil tops the standings with six wins and 21 points from their 10 games while Argentina needs a convincing win to remain viable.

The two countries last met in Buenos Aires last November, with Lucas Lima cancelling out Ezequiel Lavezzi’s goal to earn Brazil a 1-1 draw. However, the Argentina side were without Messi because he had sustained an injury.

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