Tickets for a friendly international between Israel and Argentina in Jerusalem next month with Barcelona star Lionel Messi expected in the line-up sold out within 20 minutes.
The Israeli company handling sales said, Le’an agency, said on its website that nearly 100,000 fans applied for 20,000 tickets when they went on general sale Sunday evening.
“No sporting event has ever caused such hysteria in Israel,” it wrote.
The game will take place on June 9 at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, which has a capacity of 31,733 seats.
Though tickets went out for $230, they were resold on social media networks for more than double the stipulated price on Monday.
Argentina will play against Haiti on May 29 and then Israel, just one week before their first match in the World Cup against Iceland, on June 16, in Moscow before ties against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.
Israel meanwhile, hasn’t qualified for the World Cup since 1970 and they finished fourth in Group 7 in qualifying for the World Cup, behind Spain, Italy and Albania.
Argentina have taken on Israel several times in friendly matches, suffering a 1-2 defeat in 1998, but crushing the Israelis 7-2 in 1990, led by a certain Diego Maradona.