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Lionel Messi withdrawal Leaves Singapore Fans Angry

Lionel Messi withdrawal Leaves Singapore Fans Angry

Singapore Fans are celebrating their 125th anniversary of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on Tuesday with a football match with ranked No, 2 Argentina but many fans have their expectations cut shot as Lionel Messi withdrew from the event.

The five time Ballon D'or winner Lionel Messi will be missing from the squad, as he is out preparing for his wedding on the 30th of this month leaving the Singapore Fans angry, as he was the star attraction.

But Argentinian newspaper Clarin is reporting that both Messi and defender Nicolas Otamendi will skip the trip to Singapore to prepare for their prospective weddings. Barcelona ace Messi will marry his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo on June 30, with Otamendi's wedding scheduled for June 16.

"Obviously it's a huge disappointment. If I knew this earlier, I would probably have bought cheaper tickets," marketing executive Alvin Tan told TODAY.

"The other players in the Argentina team are world class as well, but they're no Messi," he said.
Student Rahul Warrier added: "Considering the game was marketed as Messi and stars coming to Singapore, the main attraction was obvious ... the blame lies at the organisers, because certainly they must have known something about Messi's absence."

UNICESS said in a statement on Thursday that it was trying to get more information about Argentina's plans for the match.

"The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and match promoter UNICESS are aware of the recent media stories around Lionel Messi and Nicolas Otamendi's appearance in the Singapore vs. Argentina football match," UNICESS said.

"We are currently working with the AFA to determine the authenticity of the claims made in these reports and will provide an update as soon as we are able.

"Meanwhile, we are looking forward to welcoming the Argentinian national team to Singapore for this historical match against the Lions as we celebrate FAS' 125th anniversary."
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