Lionel Messi is guaranteed extra motivation in the stands when Argentina take on the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a crunch Group D match at the World Cup on Tuesday.

As reported by The Mirror, Messi’s stunning wife Antonella Roccuzzo has travelled to Russia and will watch her husband's make-or-mar match against Nigeria tonight from the stands amid rumours of a marriage crisis.

Roccuzzo has watched Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign from her home city of Rosario, in the Argentinian province of Santa Fe so far but has travelled to St Petersburg for tonight's match.

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Messi and his teammates face Nigeria in a crunch match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, with the Albiceste needing a win after drawing with Iceland in their opening match and losing 3-0 to Croatia in their second outing.

South American media had reported rumours of a crisis in Messi's marriage after his wife initially did not travel to Russia to support him in the World Cup.

Roccuzzo has denied the crisis claims, saying she stayed in Argentina to see her family.