What Messi Did For This Reporter's Mother Is Pure Class

Supporters of Nigeria's soccer team described their heartbreak after watching the elimination of the national side from the World Cup on Tuesday following a late Argentina goal.

The South American side needed to beat the Super Eagles in their last game of the group stage to secure their progression to the last 16, but looked to be heading out after a Victor Moses penalty had cancelled out impressive Messi's first-half opener.

Ever Banega playing for Argentina.

The standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage.

Messi's importance on and off the pitch is so monumental, that there are even reports that he was asked by Jorge Sampaoli whether or not he should bring Sergio Aguero on, before deciding to sub the Manchester City striker in minutes later.

"It's all great for the history books in Croatia but if we don't win against Denmark, when someone asks you what you did, what can you say?" The extremely humble nature of the Argentina skipper made him wear the token of luck and it was nothing but an incredible act of humanity and kindness.

After Argentina's match against Iceland, TV reporter Rama Pantarotto gave the Barcelona man the ribbon sent by his mother as a good luck charm to help Argentina qualify.

"We have suffered a lot", Messi said. We follow every game.

"It is our commitment to fair play that has got us through", Tashima told local media after Japan moved on to face Belgium next week.

His catalogue of misfortunes include being run over by his own vehicle while his misbehaviour, ranging from drink-driving to getting sent off for abusing a referee, may have been a factor behind his omission from the World Cup squad four years ago.

Argentina have been engulfed in drama after failing to win their first two matches, and there were rumours before the game that the players had staged a coup and selected the team themselves.

"He has a special ability to see the game that is only possible for a genius and a lot of the time it is hard to be at the level of a genius like him".

"Africa is going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions", he told the BBC in his role as a TV pundit.

  • Angelo Rivera