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Manchester City will host two giants of the international game at 7.45pm on Friday 23 March, when home favourites Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi will be joined by five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
For Argentina, the fixture offers an early opportunity to prepare for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, having sealed their spot after Messi’s sublime hat-trick against Ecuador in October.
Italy won’t be in Russia, but with a rich pedigree at international level, will no doubt present a stern test in front of the Etihad crowd.
“It’s an honour to have two of the great footballing nations play at our home stadium as the Premier League takes a break,” said Omar Berrada, Manchester City’s Chief Operating Officer.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to watch some of the best Club football in the world at the Etihad this season, I’m sure this international match will be another game to enjoy.”
Argentina will base themselves at the City Football Academy during the international break, with manager, Jorge Sampaoli saying: “Each match and training session is fundamental for us in preparation for the World Cup. Playing against Italy, in a venue as important as Etihad Stadium, is an invitation to a great event.
“Every Argentine in the world wants to be there when the National Team plays. We are certain they will accompany us for this one.”
Italy boss Luigi Di Biagio added: “I am sure the match will be a great event, representing two of the winningest most successful teams, boasting together six World Cups.
“On the pitch you will see champions that have made recent football history.
“For us this friendly, the first for Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, represents a very important test.
“We want to start again with enthusiasm and with the will to begin a road that will lead us far."
Tickets are priced from £30 Adults and £10 Under 18s.
You can buy tickets from Manchester City, online at mancity.com/tickets, selecting Tickets, then International Football. Alternative you can purchase in-person* at the Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Etihad Stadium City Store.
Tickets are also available from See Tickets, online at seetickets.com/argentina-v-italy or by calling the telephone booking hotline on +44 (0)871 220 0260 (calls cost 13p per minute plus network extras) available 24 hours a day.
Booking fees may apply across all channels. Ticket prices can go up or down at any time and refunds will not be issued.
Groups wanting to book tickets for this game can find out more information here.
To make an enquiry, email [email protected]. Or, if you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team, please call +44 (0)161 444 1894 (option 1, 1, 4).
Disabled supporters can purchase through Manchester City only and can do so online*, or by calling the Access team on +44 (0)161 444 1894 (option 1, 1, 1). *Supporters must be pre-registered by Manchester City’s Access Team before being able to purchase tickets online.
The Ticket Office and Hospitality Sales are open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5:30pm.
Supporter Services is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. The Ticket Office and Supporter Services open at 10am on Thursdays and are closed on Weekends and Bank Holidays.
Hospitality is on sale from Manchester City only, with the available packages listed below.
Hospitality can be bought online at mancity.com/tickets.
To make an enquiry or to further discuss your options with a member of our team, please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)161 385 2012.
The Tunnel Club Premier – from £299pp + VAT
The Tunnel Club Ground – from £200pp + VAT
Platinum Boxes – from £250pp + VAT
The Chairman’s Club – from £250pp + VAT
The Mancunian – from £175pp + VAT
Citizens – from £150pp + VAT
Legends – from £125pp + VAT
Commonwealth Bar – from £85pp +VAT
Tickets for the gig will go on sale on March 23, 9am at LiveNation.com and all usual outlets.