Brand 'Messi' unblemished by poor World Cup

Cesc Fabregas Lionel Messi

Cesc Fabregas Lionel Messi

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has always been regarded as the "greatest of all time" by devoted fans but some Nigerian supporters have now told Argentina's faithful that "our GOAT is better than your GOAT".

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor retired before, after losing in three consecutive finals (2014 World Cup, 2016, 2016 Copa America) but was convinced to return for the challenge of leading his country to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Football fans have been spoilt over the last decade to witness the phenomenally gifted duo score over 600 career goals and win the a record breaking five Ballon d'Or's each. "The way they looked, I can not see Argentina qualifying now".

He was encouraged by Nigeria's German coach Gernot Rohr to return to his old club in Russian Federation on loan in January to get more game time ahead of the World Cup, a move Musa acknowledges has been vital. In two World Cup games, the only constant has been the fact that Argentina can not get out of its own way. I do not see anyone leading.

The 25-year-old produced two virtuoso second-half finishes to keep the Super Eagles in the hunt for a place in the last 16 on Friday.

The 2 times world champions faced a tough-tackling against Iceland, who succeed to draw the match with 1-1 and managed to hold the feet of Lionel Messi.

On the heels of Ronaldo's hat trick against Spain, Lionel Messi took the field against Iceland with goats trotting around him on the digital signage on the edge of the grass, a version of an ad in which he cradles a live goat, the implication being that he is the G.O.A.T. _ the greatest of all time.

"But if you had to choose between Messi and Ronaldo for a normal team, who would you choose?"

Speaking of Leicester he said: "I have to go back to Leicester", he confirmed, but said he would only think about his future once Nigeria were eliminated, which he hopes will be at least another two weeks away.

He said he had been impressed with the Luka Modric-inspired side, who are already through from Group D thanks to a stunning 3-0 win over Argentina on Thursday.

"I promise that I will work hard to score against Argentina but it will be pleasing to me for us to advance than for me to score and get knocked out", Musa said, down-playing personal glory above the success of the team. "We have to be united, to express our opinions, and to do everything possible, so the team goes into the game in the best position".

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