Football

Young Nigerian stars poise to send Messi on early retirement

Dapo Sotuminu, Live in Russia
A young Nigerian national soccer team, are poised to send world football soccer star, Lionel Messi, on early retirement as they are determined to record a clear victory against the Argentines on Tuesday on Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Stadium.
Messi, revealed Sunday afternoon his determination to win the World Cup, and that he wouldn’t want to retire until he’s won the biggest trophy in football.
The Argentinian celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday but insists he will not give up on his dream of bringing the World Cup back to Argentina.
It was back to the drawing board for Jorge Sampaoli, who took a moment to wish Messi happy birthday at the start of the session, but the pair did not speak further.
Argentina was handed a lifeline by Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa who scored two goals against Iceland in the second group D game played in Volgograd. This lifeline was celebrated on the streets of Argentina with electronic road signs that publicly said thank you to Ahmed Musa.
Messi was reported in the Mirror as saying: ‘It means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special – and for me too. I’ve always had the dream of watching me raise the World Cup. And then seeing the emotion that goes with it. My hair stands on end just thinking about that moment. It would make millions of Argentine’s in the world happy. So we cannot give up on that dream. I have won all the most important tournaments but I am ambitious to the end. I would not like to retire from active football without being a world champion with my country.’
Argentina now face the task of beating Nigeria on Tuesday and hoping they are able to better Iceland’s result against Croatia, who have admitted they may leave out players on bookings.
If Argentina fail to win the World Cup this year, Messi will have to wait until 2022 to have another crack – where he will be 35.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has said Tuesday’s decisive World Cup Group D match against Argentina in St Petersburg will be “a war. It’s going to be war and a final of finals because they need to win,” Ighalo told BBC Sport.
“They are going to come all out and use every tactics that they know to attempt to defeat Nigeria, but we won’t allow them do so. I am expecting it to be a very tough game but I think we are capable of qualifying,” said Ighalo.
“That is why we have to do better and step up our game, because two Africans are already out and a loss against Iceland would have pushed us out of the tournament,” said the China-based forward.
“We know Africans are back there supporting us and Senegal.”

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