Leo Messi looks set to return to the MCG 10 years after a virtuoso performance helped defeat the Socceroos in a friendly.
The Victorian government is set to confirm on Friday the ‘Superclasico’ – pitting world football heavyweights Argentina and Brazil – will take place at the Melbourne venue on June 9.
The teams share a heated rivalry and are currently ranked world No.1 and No.2.
For Argentina, Messi leads a long line of world-renowned stars, including Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria.
Brazil have no shortage of high-profile names, with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Oscar and Dani Alves expected to draw thousands through the gates.
Availability of the two country’s mega-stars will be the major talking point.
Touring club sides in recent years have opted to leave their biggest names at home, sparing them the cross-continental flights during the off-season.
Off the back of an arduous club campaign, and with a 2017/18 season that finishes with the World Cup, it remains to be seen whether organisers will guarantee the availability of Messi, Neymar and others.
Should the star Argentinian play, it will be his first match at the MCG since masterminding a 1-0 defeat of Australia in a friendly in September 2007.