Football legend and former Argentina international believes Nigeria is one of the reasons the Albiceleste are no longer feared by other teams.
The Super Eagles defeated Argentina, who were without five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, 4-2 in an international friendly last year November 14, with Alex Iwobi scoring twice and Kelechi Iheanacho and Brian Idowu scoring the other two goals.
Maradona opines that without Messi the Argentine national team will struggle to win games in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In an interview with diariopopular, Maradona said: “The problem with Argentina is that we don’t have good defence and midfield. People talk about Lucas Biglia but he is not the best for me. Unfortunately, they are always afraid to say it.
“Today, except for Lionel Messi teams don’t fear Argentina again. Look at the last game against Nigeria, they nearly scored eight goals against us. In my time you know what happened when we played them.
“Jorge Sampaoli is lucky we have Messi in the team because when he is in top form he can cover the mistakes of others.
“If he hits top form in Russia, then we have 60 percent of becoming the champion with others complementing his effort.”
The Super Eagles will face Argentina in their last group stage game at the 2018 World Cup at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on June 26.