Ferdinand, Lennon & more: Twitter reacts as Argentina beat Nigeria

Rio Ferdinand and Aaron Lennon tweet their thoughts after a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina are 3-2 winners against Nigeria

Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates Photo: Ezequiel Lavezzi/Instagram

Lionel Messi took his tally to four World Cup goals as Argentina were 3-2 winners against Nigeria.

However, the Super Eagles still finished as Group F runners-up after Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Iran 3-1 to deny Carlos Queiroz’s men a place in the knockout stage.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order.

Hull City midfielder (@DavidMeyler7) isn’t surprised to see Messi net his third goal of the tournament: “Shock Messi scoring again brilliant #TheBest #Arg”

QPR striker Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) likes the look of Nigeria’s equaliser: “What a reply what a finish”

Aston Villa midfielder Andreas Weimann (@andiweimann) hails Messi after his fourth World Cup goal in Brazil: “Messi !!! #enoughsaid”

And Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon (@Aaron7Lennon) says even less: “#messi”

Manchester United legend Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5): “Magical Messi!”

It appears Alan Tonge’s (@Alan_Tonge) eyes are playing tricks on him: “Was that Ed Woodward talking to Messi in the tunnel?”

Free agent Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) may declare himself Argentinian or Nigerian as he can’t stand the poor defending: “Both teams defending is abysmal ! Mussa (spell check) had been very impressive”

Wigan midfielder James Mcarthur (@jamesmcarthur16) is shocked as Ezequiel Lavezzi does this: “Can’t believe lavezzi just threw water on his manager. He doesn’t look happy”

England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) gives us the lowdown on the Messi stats at this World Cup: “Messi has played 3 games. He’s scored 4 goals, 3 of them from outside the box, and been voted Man of the Match in all 3 games.”

Former Reading striker Jason Roberts (@JasonRoberts30): “Argentina..like Brazil are vulnerable defensively..a match between them could be like a Basketball match Nigeria played well #WorldCup2014”

Finally, ex-Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6): “When he gets over his big game nerves, this Messi kid could be half decent ! #Greatest #WorldCup2014”

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