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Messi Ignores Ronaldo, Super Eagles Stars In List Of Players To Shine In Russia

Messi Ignores Ronaldo, Super Eagles Stars In List Of Players To Shine In Russia

Argentine captain, Lionel Messi has picked eight players he thinks will shine at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia – but left out archrival Portugal captain and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as well as all the players from the other Group D opppnents from his list.

The three time African Champions who qualified for a sixth FIFA World Cup have in their ranks Mikel Obi of Tianjin TEDA, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal, Victor Moses of Chelsea and Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester but none was mentioned by the five time Ballon d’ Or winner.

“Brazil have Neymar and Philippe [Coutinho],” Messi was quoted in Manchester City Evening News.

“Spain have Andres Iniesta and [David] Silva. Germany don’t have any one star but they are very solid.”

Zenith Ziva

“Belgium have [Eden] Hazard and [Kevin] De Bruyne. France have [Antoine] Griezmann and [Kylian] Mbappe.

“The tournament is full of very good players.”

Messi will be hoping to lead his side to a third World Cup glory in Russia having lost out in the finals in the 2014 edition in Brazil.

Argentina will kick off their campaign against Iceland before battling Croatia and Nigeria in group D.

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  • Messi’s opinion is not sacrosanct. By the time he’ll realize his mistake, the ‘unknown’ players from Nigeria will have done his country irreparable damage. Chill.

    • Victor 3 years ago

      Nigeria is no threat, tell yourself the truth

      • Ekeleda 3 years ago

        On paper no threat. That was how Nigeria was no threat in Atlanta 96 but inflicted sorrow on Argentina and Brazil. In 2014 it was a narrow win for Argentina with Nigeria coming 2 goals from behind. We are only not as strong in goal as 2014. That is the only fear.