Argentina superstar Lionel Messi says he does not know much about the current Super Eagles, as the 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off Thursday (today) in Russia.
But Messi, speaking ahead of the commencement of the biggest football event in the world, expects a strong showing from the three-time African champions.
Both sides will be meeting for the fifth time at the World Cup with Nigeria yet to beat the La Albiceleste.
They will face off on 26 June in the last game of group D at Saint Petersburg.
“It will be important to start strongly. Iceland did well in their last tournament so the first match will not be comfortable. But these are the ones to win if you don’t want the next matches to be even more complicated,” Messi told UK tabloid, Express.co.uk.
”We don’t know so much about Nigeria but the African teams are normally compact, tough and strong. So it will be no walkover.
“We know it won’t be easy but I’m certain that Argentina has a squad capable of being a champion in Russia. If the players all believe the same then we can be contenders.”