Even Palestinian Ambassador to Argentina, Husni Abdel Wahed, pressured the team to boycott the match.
The image depicts the world's most celebrated soccer player in a prison outfit behind bars.
The Argentina player retires from international football after team fails to beat Chile in Copa final.
Messi gave the youngster two soccer jerseys and a ball, all signed by the player.
The Portuguese boasted he has 'no days off.'
The Real Madrid superstar appears in a new ad for Israeli cable company HOT alongside three Israeli comedians.
The reigning Ballon d'Or winner first fell ill during December's FIFA Club World Cup.
Where does it leave your club in Europe?