Johannesburg, Jun 13: Argentina coach Maradona says that he is 'mesmerized' with Lionel Messi's performance which helped the team to have a 1-0 win over Nigeria in Group B at the FIFA World Cup 2010. "If Lionel Messi is enjoying himself, then so are the rest of us,"was the comment of Maradona over his successor's performance.
"I want Messi to be very close to the ball. As long as he has fun, then we are all going to have fun. Football wouldn't be beautiful unless Messi is touching the ball all the time. He performed magic today on the pitch," said Maradonna.
The outstanding saves by Vincent Enyeama, the Nigerian goalkeeper denied Messy a goal of his own, though he gave the Nigerian defence a sweltering time. "It would be my best personal performance playing against the best player in the world. For now you cannot take that away from me and that's the best game in my career," said Enyeama about Messi.
"It is important to get off to a winning start while playing good football," said Messi who as at his inspirational best through out the match.