2018 World Cup: Mikel picks favourite country to lift trophy, bows for Messi

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Captain of the Nigerian national team, John Obi Mikel, has tipped Argentina to lift this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles are in Group D of the competition alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

When asked which teams are the favourites for the World Cup Mikel picked the South American giants.

He said his choice lies in the fact that they have Lionel Messi in their squad.

“We (Nigeria) are underdogs and we believe that will motivate us to do well in Russia.

“All we need to do is to continue to be together in good or bad times.

“Football is not all about winning. Hopefully we can achieve something great in the tournament.

“I think every team is favourites (to win) but obviously if you have to say, there’s one footballer who is not from this planet. I love to give credit to whom it’s due.

“Messi is one of the greatest players in the world so Argentina with him are one of the favourites.”

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