Messi: Why I Won't Play Against Nigeria

Messi: Why I Won't Play Against Nigeria

"On the face value, it is a friendly match because there is no trophy on the table for the winner to take home", started the former FC Barcelona of Spain winger.

His last encounter against the Super Eagles was in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil which Argentina triumphed 3-2. "What is important is for the Super Eagles to get to understand the sleek South Americans' style of play".

Argentina will take on Nigeria at the Krasnodar Stadium in an international friendly on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, Sampaoli will make five changes to the team that beat Russia.

Former U-17 and U-20 national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has said that today's match between the Super Eagles and Argentina goes beyond a friendly and as such the West African side should pay attention to every detail of the game. The stadium was one of the venue proposed by the Russian federation for the next year's World Cup before it was dropped. "Argentina will always be Argentina", Adepoju said.

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"He is the one who moves the ball in the team but other players are equally good, so when we're talking about their striking area, the midfield and the defence, our boys [Super Eagles] must be at their best".

Hibernian are currently on third spot with 25 points from 13 games and the Nigerian has featured in all league matches this season.

Amuneke recalled that most times South American teams have posed stumbling blocks to Nigeria at the World Cup.

The Argentina likely starting XI in the match to kick off at 5.30 pm Nigerian time would be Marchesín; Javier Mascherano, Germán Pezzella, Otamendi; Banega, Kranevitter, Giovanni Lo Celso; Dybala; Pavón, Agüero and Ángel Di María.