Lionel Messi wary of Nigeria in Group D

Lionel Messi wary of Nigeria in Group D
Moses Simon of Nigeria (r) challenged by Tebogo Langerman of South Africa during the 2019 Afcon football qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Uyo State, Nigeria. @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Dec 20, 2017. 09:00

Argentina and Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi says they must beat Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland if they want to do well in 2018 FIFA World in Russia.

The skipper says he wants to play in the World Cup final for the second tournament in a row.

However, he stressed that the two-time world champions have to overcome their opponents in Group D.

Messi spoke shortly after he was handed the Pichichi, the Top Goalscorer Award, and Di Stefano Award, a prize for the best player in the Spanish Spanish La Liga.

''It would be something incredible to be able to play in a World Cup final again,” he said.

"First we have to think about the group, which is difficult, and then we will see what happens.”

The Albiceleste reached the final in Brazil three years ago as they lost 1-0 to Germany and will now want to do better next year.

Nigeria will face Argentina in their final group match at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, on June 26, 2018.

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