Besides Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria is regarded as the most potent striker in the Argentina side that confronts Nigeria today.
Looking ahead to the Eagles match, Di Maria said that the Nigerians would pose a lot problems because every team wants to avoid France who are explosive topping their group.
“Yesterday we watched the Nigeria match (Nigeria beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0) and the truth is that they have played a good match, they have good players.
They won and I believe that they are going to give their all (against Argentina in Porto Alegre). They will give everything playing against us because, a win can take them to the next phase”, he said.
‘’It is important that we’re getting better with each match. It is also important that Lionel Messi is in a good form. We always play to win and playing against Nigeria won’t be easy but we want to win always”.
To the advantage of the Argentines, Porto Alegre is close to the Argentina border, and thousands have already crossed over to Brazil to lend their support to the team.
Local media here estimate more than 50,000 Argentine fans are expected to cheer them to victory. Nigerians are not left out without support as five luxury buses left Sao Paulo the headquarters of the Nigerian Supporters Club for the 12 hour journey by road to provide support for the Eagles.
The cheerleaders, though, have been experiencing hard times entering the stadium with their drums and trumpets as Local organizing Committee have been strict on taking those items into the stadium.
‘’This is the worst World Cup I have ever seen. FIFA has always been in support of supportership but I don’t understand what is wrong with Brazil authorities. They have been frustrating us but we won’t relent”, Dr Rafiu Ladipo said.