Former France international and World Cup-winning midfielder, Christian Karembeu believes the Super Eagles of Nigeria must play in a crazy manner if they are to become the first country outside the continent of Europe and South America to lift the FIFA World Cup.
The former Real Madrid star, who is part of the World Cup trophy delegation to Nigeria, told exclusively that he is an admirer of the Super Eagles but winning the world cup requires more than just the field play.
“I feel honoured to be in your country (Nigeria); you have a rich footballing culture and I am happy the country will be at the world cup in Russia.
“Winning the world cup was the greatest part of my career and we had to do things that were a little bit crazy to get our hands on that trophy,” Karembeu said.
Speaking on the Eagles’ chances of winning the World Cup, the former Middlesborough player said Nigeria must play and act crazy to achieve such a feat.
“Well, if Nigeria must win the World Cup, the players, coaches and every other Nigerian in Russia must act crazy, play crazy and fight for every single ball on the field of play. It will be tough but it is very achievable.
“With the players at your disposal, I believe Nigeria can fly the flag of the continent proud and make history in Russia, ” the Euro 2000 winner concluded.
Christian Karembeu played 53 times for France, winning the world cup in 1998 and the European Cup in 2000. He also won two Champions League titles with Real Madrid, amongst several other trophies at club level.