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Lionel Messi once again produced the goods when it mattered most as Argentina beat Nigeria at the World Cup on Tuesday night – and he may have had the help of a good luck charm.
With Jorge Sampaoli’s side in desperate need of a win, the Barcelona forward brilliantly latched on to an Ever Banega long ball before slotting home with his right foot.
Nigeria did equalise in the second half, but an 86th minute Marcos Rojo winner handed Argentina all three points.
Following the clash, Messi was stopped by Argentine journalist Rama Pantarotto.
Prior to the clash, the reporter’s mother had sent the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a red ribbon as a good luck charm.
Pantarotto asked Messi in the mixed zone if he remembered receiving the item. To the journalist’s shock, the 31-year-old lifted up his sock and revealed the ribbon tied around his ankle. He had worn it for the game.
The reporter was left dumbfounded as Messi departed the mixed zone.
Superstitions or not, Messi put in a brilliant performance at the Saint Petersburg stadium.
Argentina play France next in the last-16. The clash takes place on Saturday at 15:00
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