Ten Years After: Messi Recalls Crunch Clash Against Nigeria
World football icon, Lionel Messi has featured in many matches for club and country in which he has been outstanding.
However, while going down the memory lane in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Messi dug into the archives to bring out the 14 most memorable matches of his career.
The globally acclaimed star named a Nigerian encounter as one of his never-to-be-forgotten matches.
He has featured in six matches across different classifications with Nigeria, ranging from U-20 to Olympics, World Cup and friendly matches.
He however picked the August 23, 2008 game which was the final match of the Beijing 2008 Olympics football tournament final match as one of his most memorable matches till date.
One the match, Messi told his interviewer, Andy Mitten that: “to be truthful, the trip to Beijing is one of the most beautiful memories in my career.
“The Olympics are very important, not only for the opportunity to win a medal for your country, but also the experience of being able to take part in an amazing global event and live in the Olympic village with athletes from so many different sports.’
‘It was incredible – a complete tournament for us. Yes, we won the semi-final 3-0 against Brazil – a great team who were also playing well – but we also overcame the Netherlands and Nigeria. Both were very hard games and we had to be at our best to win.’’
Apart from that match, Messi listed others such as his first-team debut, the most famous Classico matches at the Bernabeu stadium, several finals and, of course, the historical 7-1 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen in the 2012 UCL Round of 16.
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