Lionel Messi has made an honest admission about the Super Eagles of Nigeria as the World Cup gets underway in Russia today.

The Super Eagles are housed in Group D with the two-time world champions and Messi, while taking a cursory look at the teams they will face in the first round, say he has little or no idea about the Nigerian team.

“We don’t know so much about Nigeria, but the African teams are normally compact, tough and strong. So it will be no walkover.” Messi told reporters in Russia as he gets set to make a fresh attempt to win a silverware with his national team.

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He added: “We know it won’t be easy but I’m certain that Argentina has a squad capable of being a champion in Russia. If the players all believe the same then we can be contenders.

“If Argentina goes out there and play as we know we can then it will be very difficult to beat us. We have experienced World Cups before and we know that every rival will come out to try and beat us and play the game as if it is a final. That always makes it more complicated. But we are used to it.”

Messi and Argentina got to the final of the World Cup in Brazil but lost narrowly to Germany.