There’s never a good day to come up against a Lionel Messi and with the countdown to the World Cup already on, opponents of Argentina will rarely sleep easy at the thought of the Argentine Maestro.
Messi was in usual imperial form, Thursday night as he lead Barcelona to a 5-0 bashing of Celta Vigo in the Copa Del Rey.
The 30-year-old (He turns 31 two days before Nigeria vs Argentina in Saint Petersburg) scored a quickfire brace in the first half before turning provider for Barca’s third.
Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic – another concern for Nigeria – turned up with the fifth goal of the game as Barca booked their quarter-final place
Nigeria, housed in Group D, have a date against Croatia, Iceland and then Argentina at the World Cup which kicks off in June.