Lionel Messi gave his shirt to Nigeria’s third-choice goalkeeper after Argentina’s dramatic win
Nigeria’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa asked Messi for his match-day top after Tuesday evening’s clash
But while there were no minutes for him to savour, Ezenwa did gain one valuable souvenir from his short time in Russia – Lionel Messi’s match shirt.
The Argentina superstar scored a stunning goal against Nigeria to break the deadlock – and open his account for the tournament – before Marcos Rojo bagged a late winner to book their spot in the last-16 of the World Cup.
Once the celebrations and commiserations were over, Ezenwa made his move, collaring Messi in the tunnel to ask for his shirt.
The 29-year-old, who has 24 caps to his name and plays his football for Enyimba International back in Nigeria, appeared to have been the only player to ask Messi for his jersey.
The Argentina superstar scored a stunning goal in the first half to give his side the lead
Nigeria defender Victor Moses equalised for his side to put them on the brink of qualification
But Marcos Rojo scored a well-placed volley late on to book Argentina’s spot in the last 16
Having not played, Ezenwa had nothing to offer in return but Messi was more than happy to oblige and handed his shirt over.
The African nation came within minutes of reaching the knockout phase after Victor Moses had cancelled out Messi’s strike from the penalty spot but fell just short after Rojo’s clinical finish in the box.
Argentina face a difficult challenge against tournament favourites France in the last-16 on Saturday at the Kazan Arena.