If Messi scores against Saudi Arabia , he will equal Gabriel Batistuta’s national record in 1998: 12 goals in a calendar year for Argentina .
Lionel Messi has already broken former Brazil soccer star Pele’s record (1958) of 75 goals during one calendar year.
Striker Di Santo will be making his international debut at the King Fahd International Stadium with this match.
Saudi Arabia has failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but high hopes are being held for next month’s West Asian Federation Championship, which will be held in Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia’s last encounter with Argentina was at the 1992 Confederations Cup, with the latter winning 3-1 .
Al-Shahrani, Hawsawi, Al-Bishi, Al-Harbi
Otaif, Al-Jassim, Al-Sahlawi
Zabaleta, Coloccini, F Fernandez, Rojo
Rinaudo, Mascherano, Di Maria