Argentina captain Lionel Messi who sees playing Nigeria as his favourite match will be looking up to play and probably beat the team once again in the World Cup. This dream has eventually come to following FIFA’s draw which puts both teams in same group ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Barcelona forward revealed his desire to play Nigeria sometime in October to Guillem Balague on Sky Sport after scoring a hat-trick against Ecuador to help his country qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
No doubt, Messi has played against Nigeria in two previous World Cups in 2010 and 2014 respectively and his side secured victory in all meetings.
Although the Argentine could not score against Nigeria in South Africa 2010, he scored a brace four years after in Brazil 2014.
Lionel Messi have also played Nigeria at the age-grade tournament in the Netherlands 2005 U-20 World Cup and the Beijing 2008 U-23 Olympic football tournament for men, where he played significant role in helping his nation win.
Lionel Messi who may likely retire after the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be looking up to keeping a clean sheet against Nigeria during his career, but things may look different, after the Super Eagles beat an Argentina star-studded side 4-2 recently in a friendly match.
Though Messi was not present in that match, he probably will be looking up to help his country get their revenge when both sides meet again in Russia 2018 World Cup.
Gernot Rohr who has guided the Super Eagles towards a fantastic Russia 2018 World Cup qualification will be looking up to make the Argentine’s wish not realized, by working on the psychology of his team ahead of their meeting.
Nigeria and Argentina will meet in Group D of the Russia 2018 World Cup alongside Croatia and Iceland.