The winger who was superb in Argentina’s win against Ecuador which gave the South Americans the World Cup ticket was said to be looking forward to his country to face Nigeria in Russia.
Messi was reported, according to National Helm, to have said that a game against Nigeria was among his favourites games.
He has played against Nigeria twice at age- grade level – the 2005 World YouthnChampionship and also the 2008 Olympic in
Beijing – winning both times.
At the senior level, he has scored three times in the three games he has played against Nigeria – a brace at the last World Cup in Brazil and a goal in a friendly game played in Malaysia in 2012.
“He was speaking after his hat-trick for Argentina against Ecuador, he was asked his best games for his country and he picked his debut at the World Cup against Serbia which Argentina won 6-0, and also the final game of the Olympic in Beijing which they won 1-0 against Nigeria, then the game against Ecuador,” Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague said.