Reports have emerged suggesting that Lionel Messi would like Argentina to draw Nigeria in the group stages of next year’s World Cup – for the third showpiece in succession!

The 30-year-old literally dragged the South American’s to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with a hat-trick against Ecuador on the final day of qualifying.

Over on the African continent, the Super Eagles beat Zambia to seal their ticket to another world showpiece, and now Messi is banking on a reunion with the West African’s on the world stage.

Nigeria and Argentina crossed swords at both the 2010 & 2014 World Cups. Both encounters ending in victory for La Albiceleste in the group stages.

A 1-0 win in Johannesburg, South Africa followed by a thrilling 3-2 victory in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Messi denied by Vincent Enyeama seven years ago, but the Barcelona forward managed a brace four years later.

Messi’s love affair with Nigeria started way back in 2005, when a double against the Flying Eagles secured the FIFA U20 World Championship for Argentina.