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Leon Balogun relishing Messi challenge at World Cup

The Mainz defender will be one of the players charged with silencing the Argentine genius when their two nations clash in their third Group D game

Apr.12 - SportLand: The prospect of going up against Lionel Messi and Argentina at the World Cup in Russia will be major thrill for Nigeria's Super Eagles, with defender Leon Balogun saying it could turn out to be one of his career highlights.

The Mainz defender will be one of the players charged with silencing the Argentine genius when their two nations clash in their third Group D game in Saint Petersburg on June 26.

"It's going to be interesting," Balogun told KweséESPN. "I'm really looking forward to it, he's one of my favourite players.

"I love to watch him play, but when we play them I have to forget about that and the beauty of his game."

Balogun also insists that Nigeria won't just be keeping an eye on Messi during the game, but also on his jersey after the match when they players swap shirts.

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