However, the chances of both players making their debut against Argentina will depend on what formation coach gernot Rohr intends to deploy.
Nigeria's Super Eagles face their Argentine counterparts in a high profile friendly tie today at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russian Federation.
It is expected that boss Jorge Sampaoli will bring in Paulo Dybala for Messi, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Ecuador last month as Argentina booked their place at the World Cup at the end of a largely disappointing qualifying campaign.
Ahmed Musa of Nigeria shoots and scores his team's first goal against Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
"But we as a team have played against him several times already".
-Eagles to play with a three-man defence against Argentina.
"We're faced with the Champions League, Copa del Rey, LaLiga and national team friendlies, travelling.so it's hard". This will be their first game against a non-African side since they played Luxembourg in May past year.
Eagles who picked the ultimate prize, also went unbeaten in the group stage, and finished as leaders of group "B" with 14 points, six ahead of second-placed Zambia. Nigeria were the first African team to qualify for the Federation Internationale de Football Association finals.
Nigeria has only won a single game in seven senior meetings with Argentina, while the South American power house have recorded five wins against the Eagles.