Argentina Name Messi, Aguero, Di Maria For Nigeria Friendly

Argentina Name Messi, Aguero, Di Maria For Nigeria Friendly

Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli has named a 22 -man squad including Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero for their upcoming friendly against Russia and Nigeria in Russia, reports.

Jorge Sampoali’s side will face Russia on 10 November before taking on Nigeria four days later.

Sampaoli, who guided Argentina to a third place finish third in the CONMEBOL qualification zone to qualify for Russia  2018, named five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and captain Lionel Messi, Manchester City striker Aguero and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi in his strong squad to face Nigeria.

According to a report on, the former Chile coach also left out eight big stars playing abroad from the squad to face Russia and Nigeria in the friendlies billed for the Krasnodar Arena Stadium, while adding that he will  call up more players from the Argentine league  for the clash.

Argentina squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL), Agustin Marchesin (Club America)

Defenders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Federico Fazio (Roma), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina); Eduardo Salvio (Benfica),

Midfielders: Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Leandro Paredes (Zenit), Emiliano Rigoni (Zenit), Matias Kranevitter (Zenit), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta), Diego Perotti (Roma);

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Mauro Icardi (Inter), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus).



  • Up Nigeria☝☝

  • Up Nigeria but I like Messi

  • Sorry to my darling country Nigeria. I wish u guys 4 – 0 in advance

    • Prediction is allowed…

    • You’re talking shit. You know nothing about football

    • you are entitled to your personal negative opinion.

    • Remember that Nigeria is not an underdog team when it comes to football, they too are also scared if not why will they use their full first squad against the eagles

    • PapaFem 1 year ago

      I’ve always heard predictions like this each time Nigera play a Messi-led Argentine side. But the match often ended in narrow victories for La Albiceleste; not a stroll in the pack. Messi knows this. (WYC 2005, Arg. 2 Nig 1; Beijing Olympics, 2008 Arg. 1 Nig 0; FIFA World Cup, 2010 Arg. 1 Nig 0; FIFA World Cup, 2014, Arg. 3 Nig 2.) If our players confronted them with the right mentality, the story could change this time around. Let’s sound positive, at least for once.

  • Looking forward to a surprise win for d super eagles that day

  • Am not even scared! Argentina struggled to qualify…. Nigeria qualified with ease! Argentina should be scared!

    I av MOSES!

  • O mehn,the list here is a killer squad. Up Super Eagles,we gonna chew them raw. I mean Albacellestte I.e Argentina

  • Achi 1 year ago

    Much as the match is ill-timed, one player that will be tested by Messi and his ferocious colleagues is Ezenwa.

  • Make sense……..They will help us challenge our midfielders and defenders..

  • Richie 1 year ago

    Enyeama no dey oo, we fit chop basket oooooooooo

  • We want win world cup…..see fear all over. Guys believe in your team.

    • Richie 1 year ago

      This is not just “anyhow fear”.. It’s constructive fear. Can’t you see the red-hot attack line-up there?

  • Good friendly match, we still need to play Germany,Spain, France & Italy, so DT we knw which wing we lack!! Gud job for super eagles coach

  • Marquis O. 1 year ago

    The Argies are defeatable despite their killer squad. Super Eagles 4 life!

  • God punish una…. We ready

  • Asamoah Richard 1 year ago

    There is not a thing to be afraid of.Messi,Aguero,Icardi,and others are not super men.We should have in whatever we do.

  • Lolzz dem don see their mate

  • Nija kill them all

  • Interesting stuff

  • Precious Amadasun 1 year ago

    i think its abit too early we face Argentina, well, if we play them, i don’t think the likes will be there Messi, and maybe Ageuro, I think for now Mikel and Igahlo also needs a rest, because they have sacrificed too much and distance issue.

  • Abeg, who go keep post for Nigeria for this match? I hope say no be Ezenwa oo cos this kind baptism of fire too go too early for am abeg! This is the time to recall Enyeama. Ikeme never still heal? Ol’boy mheeen, I know no oooo…

  • Hahahaaaaa.Big time wickedness.see dis coach o,Messi,Aguero and Angel.Haba,I know what u are trying to say;for us not to call Argentina for friendly match again abi?.It is well o.God de.

  • Nothing to be worry about

  • What a match? Victor Moses & Leon Balogun nursing injuries. 4 days after

  • What a match? Victor Moses & Leon Balogun nursing injuries. Out come of Algeria v Nigeria we can’t predict, 4 days latter you fly this boys to face star studded Argentina Messi gang? Are there no FIFA windows before WC proper? Who are the Goal keepers to face Argentina?

  • Another level of baptism for Nigeria

  • Nigeria wil go beat Argentina

  • Darny Arts 1 year ago

    The Argentines all play for big clubs, except maybe their 2nd and 3rd choice goalkeepers.

  • Bring them. We’re ready 4 any team. Up naija

  • Isioma 1 year ago

    Nigeria line up vs Algeria:
    Akpeyi, Ebuehi, Echejile/chima Akas, Uche Agbo, Awuziem, Etebor, Mikel Agu, John Ogu, Onyekuru/Musa, moses Simon, Iheanacho/Nwaekeme.

    Nigeria line up vs Argentina:
    Ezenwa, Shehu, Ola Aina/Echejile, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Mikel Obi, W. Ndidi, Onazi, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Ighalo.
    Akpeyi, moses simon, Iheanacho/Nwaekeme, Etebor, Mikel Agu, Agbo/Awuziem.

    In the absence of Victor Moses, Musa/Onyekuru should play.

  • Achi 1 year ago

    It’s a great match but the timing is wrong. We should face Argentina with our full squad, not otherwise.

  • SMART 1 year ago

    I feel the super eagles will play a very good game against the maradona boys. but it wont be easy. Our keeper is not well tested and we have a shaky left back. I feel if moses cant make the match let etebo pls be drafted while ola aina should be drafted for leon Balogun. But agentina haba this is mass murder. check out the attack. MY God.

  • Is good test for eagle