Morocco save half a million euros due to Messi missing friendly match

The Moroccan press reveal that the cost of playing a match against Argentina has been reduced because their star man won't be involved

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The absence of Lionel Messi in Argentina's friendly match against Morocco has seen the African country save around €450,000 according to the local press.

The Moroccan Football Federation (MFF) will pay only 6 million dirhams (550,000 euros) instead of the original 11 million (one million euros) due to Messi being ruled out of the match. This is according to the newspaper "Al Ahdaz al Magrebiya".

This is because Messi was set to play 70 minutes in the game.

The Morocco Football Federation was hoping to use the appearance of Messi to maximize their commercial income from the match by selling the rights to international providers. Not long after the Argentine star was ruled out of the game, the MFF asked for an explanation as to why he wouldn't be involved.

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