Messi: Why I Won't Play Against Nigeria

Henrietta Strickland
November 14, 2017

Messi was on from start to finish as the South Americans beat Russian Federation 1-0 in Moscow on Saturday, thanks to Sergio Aguero's late strike.

On the possibility of Argentina humiliating Nigeria, he said: "It will be very hard to say, but I know that Argentina is a good side".

"We ready for tomorrow's game against Argentina", he wrote on his verified Twitter handle on Monday.

The 2015 Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup-winning coach also spoke on coach Gernot Rohr's reported plan to give young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho his debut in the friendly against Argentina.

"We're faced with the Champions League, Copa del Rey, LaLiga and national team friendlies, it's hard".

The former African Footballer of the Year posited that though Argentina struggled before securing the World Cup ticket, they boast one of the most intimidating collection of quality players in the world.

"Whether we lose or not, it doesn't matter because it's a friendly game but it's important we get the positives for our World Cup preparations", he continued.

It is expected that boss Jorge Sampaoli will bring in Paulo Dybala for Messi, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Ecuador last month as Argentina booked their place at the World Cup at the end of a largely disappointing qualifying campaign.

This was Ogu first start in the World Cup qualifiers under Gernot Rohr and will be hoping for another run out when Nigeria faces Argentina in Krasnodar on Tuesday.

Nigeria and Argentina will be meeting for the eighth time in a grade 1 friendly match ahead of the 2018 World Cup. I will definitely give my best in order to remain a part of this team.

"I feel blessed you know, but firstly, I want to say a big thank you to God Almighty for the game and the goal. I will give this opportunity my very best shot so I can stay here for a long time".

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