All three Nigerian Foxes made their way into the XI today, which was a significant change as only Wilfred Ndidi started against Croatia. Kelechi Iheanacho provided some stellar link-up play including three key passes, and Wilfred Ndidi dominated the midfield with four tackles, two interceptions and three clearances, but it was Musa who shined the most. He took his chance in the 49th minute when he scored a contender for goal of the tournament:
The touch, the finish, everything about this Musa goal was SPECTACULAR. pic.twitter.com/ILhhCmiimk— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 22, 2018
He didn’t stop there, either, as he went on to beat the Iceland defense and keeper for a second goal in the 75th minute:
Musa doubles Nigeria's lead with a great run down the flank and finish! pic.twitter.com/iMEhR9mENH— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 22, 2018
With those two goals added to his tally, Ahmed Musa broke records for the Nigerian national team. According to Opta, he has scored the last four World Cup goals for the team, became the first Nigerian to score in two different World Cups, and has scored twice as many World Cup goals as any other Nigerian.
Also, this wonderful stat exists:
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa has one over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi... pic.twitter.com/0bYUNQnoql— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 22, 2018
Musa’s performance was reminiscent of the 2016 preseason game against Barcelona in which he grabbed a brace and appeared set to become an important player for City. Of course, since then he has struggled to break into the Foxes first-team and spent the latter half of the season on loan at CSKA Moscow, where he scored 7 goals and tallied 3 assists in 16 appearances.
Will his World Cup performance be enough to place him back in the picture for Leicester City? Or will it increase his value for a possible sale? City will have to make a decision in the coming months.
MUSA AGAIN!— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) June 22, 2018
£100M OR NO DEAL!!!