Lionel Messi sets World Cup with Stunning Girl against Nigeria

Lionel Messi sets World Cup record with stunning goal against Nigeria
Lionel Messi put Argentina ahead with a stunning goal against Nigeria (Picture: Getty)

It took him a while to get warmed up but Lionel Messi has finally arrived at the World Cup party.

After struggling against Iceland and Croatia, Argentina were staring down the barrel ahead of Tuesday’s must-win clash against Nigeria hoping their main man would be capable of rediscovering his best form.

Messi had gone 664 minutes of World Cup action in total without a goal but brought joy to his nation with a simply stunning strike just shy of the quarter hour mark.

Arsenal transfer target Ever Banega deserved credit for spotting and locating Messi’s run with a sumptuous long pass but Messi required three perfect touches with three different parts of his body to score.

The Barcelona superstar controlled the ball on this thigh before nudging the ball away from the defender without touching the ground.

When he caught up with the ball he delivered a thumping shot with his ‘weaker’ right foot across goalkeeper Uzoho and into the far corner.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi of Argentina scores his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 15th minute (Picture: Getty)
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Argentina - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 26, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi scores their first goal REUTERS/Henry Romero
Argentina need to beat Nigeria to have any hope of qualifying for the last 16 (Picture: Getty)
Argentina's Lionel Messi, top, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Lionel Messi’s goal was the 100th at this World Cup (Picture: Getty)

As well as boosting Argentina’s hopes of qualification for the next round, it meant Messi is now the only player to scored a World Cup goal in his teens, 20s and 30s.

The 31-year old opened his World Cup as a long-haired teenager back in 2006 agianst Serbia back in 2006. Incredibly, he failed to score at the 2010 World Cup but was on target three times four years ago in Brazil.


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