Lionel Messi scores his first goal of the World Cup off a gorgeous pass just minutes into Argentina's must-win match

Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesJust minutes into Argentina’s must-win match against Nigeria, Lionel Messi snapped his cold streak to find the back of the net and give his team an early lead.

  • Lionel Messi ended his World Cup goal drought with a marvellous opening strike just minutes into Argentina’s match against Nigeria.
  • It was an critical goal for Argentina, as the team needs a win over Nigeria in order to keep its World Cup hopes alive.
  • The goal was set up by a beautiful pass from Éver Banega, and gave Argentina the early lead it needed to breath a little easier, but the outcome of the Iceland-Croatia match could still decide the group.
  • You can watch Messi’s goal below

The 100th goal of the 2018 World Cup came in stunning fashion.

Just minutes into Argentina’s must-win match against Nigeria, soccer superman Lionel Messi received an absolutely glorious ball from teammate Éver Banega, took a step, and calmly and confindently delivered the ball to the back of the net to give the 2014 runners-up a 1-0 lead.

Messi was facing immense pressure to show up against Nigeria, and 15 minutes into the match, he delivered. While there’s still plenty of soccer left that could determine the group – including the Iceland-Croatia match that is entirely out of Messi’s control, the goal gives Argentina a bit of room to exhale.

After two disappointingoutings to begin his 2018 World Cup run, Messi could erase all of the criticism with just one brilliant performance.

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