Nigeria’s soccer star, Ahmed Musa, has been renamed ‘Lionel Musa’ on social media in Argentina, ahead of a World Cup clash against Lionel Messi’s teammates next week.
The 26-year old Nigerian became a national pride and global sensation, after he scored two goals against Iceland on Friday.
His two goals handed a sweet 2-0 victory to Africa’s most populous nation, and revived their hopes for a place in the second round of the World Cup in Russia.
Reuters reported that the Nigerian player, however, has warned his new-found hero status in Argentina is likely to end abruptly on Tuesday when the two countries meet in a decisive Group D game in St. Petersburg.
“Whenever I play against Argentina, or whenever (Lionel) Messi is playing against me, I score.
“Four years ago, in Brazil when Messi was playing against me, I scored two goals,” said Musa, referring to the 3-2 win for Argentina over Nigeria in a group game in Porto Alegre where Messi also netted twice.
“When I transferred to Leicester City and we played against Barcelona and Messi was in the pitch too, I scored another two goals, so I think in the next game anything can happen. Possibly, I’m going to score another two goals,” he told Reuters.