Super Eagles clash worries Argentina's Lionel Messi


"But it's true that we must improve if we want to be world champions".

Argentina were placed in Group D at last week's World Cup draw, alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. "I think this time away from the national side has done him good and judging by the times we spoke, it has made him see things differently", Messi said.

Argentina star Lionel Messi is anxious about the threat posed by the Super Eagles to his country's chances of reaching the second round of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup. We deserved to win them, in spite of not playing that well.

"Right now we're not far off, but there are better sides than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain".

Argentina, who have not won a major worldwide trophy since lifting the Copa America in 1993, were drawn in Group D for next year's World Cup Finals, alongside Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland.

Higuain was left out of Jorge Sampaoli's squad for Argentina's final two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador in October, but the Barcelona star feels the Juventus striker is still important to the national team.

"I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we don't repeat them". The criticism went beyond normal and went beyond football.

People get exhausted and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team. "We don't feel that way".

"We have crossed paths several times, but have never talked to each other". It's hard for me not to play or to be subbed off, but I realised and understood that it was for the best.

A month ago, the Super Eagles won 4-2 in a friendly encounter against a Messi-less Albiceleste in Krasnodar, Russia. "I've said many times that my dream is to play at Newell's, but I don't know what will happen".