Our football match prediction:
Argentina take on Nigeria at Stadion FK Krasnodar in their last game of the year. La Albiceleste have been struggling to find their best form under Jorge Sampaoli, but the former Chile coach obviously need time. Leo Messi helped Argentina qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals as he scored a brace in a 3-1 win over Ecuador in the decider and all eyes will be on the Barcelona ace when Argentina face Nigeria in a friendly. The Super Eagles impressed in their World Cup qualifying group and they totally deserved to book their place the next year’s major tournament. However, the African side will have a mountain to climb in Tuesday’s football match against Argentina if they are to claim a major scalp and that is easier said than done. Argentina defeated Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realised his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment. Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015). In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Argentina):
Members of the CONMEBOL confederation Argentina national team are headed by coach Gerardo Martino and are considered one of the most nations in footballing world. Renowned for their attacking powers and defensive discipline Argentina have been playing their international matches since 1901 and their first ever competitive victory over Uruguay 3-2. Commonly referred to as La Seleccion, Argentina are top of the FIFA world ranking, but their most recent records have been below par with the team last winning a major trophy in 1993. Two-time World Cup winners have lost the 2014 final to Germany coming agonizingly close to the crown they last won in 1986. Javier Zanetti is the most capped player with 143 matches to his name while Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi with 124 and 108 respectively are the current team members with most games to their name. Barcelona star Lionel Messi is six goals short behind Gabriel Batistuta who is the team’s top scorer with 56 goals he scored playing for La Seleccion from 1991 to 2002.