Lionel Messi putting Argentina's World Cup hopes on his back

Jessica Allison
October 12, 2017

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation. Argentina won the game against Ecuador with a 3-1 lead and proudly announced their entry to the much awaited FIFA World Cup 2018.

Prior to finding the back of the net not once, not twice, but three times on Tuesday evening, Messi and Argentina notably found themselves down 1-0 early.

There are worse sights to wake up to than Lionel Messi dancing through an opposition defence, and the footballing world was in awe of the Barcelona star as he carried Argentina to next summer's World Cup with a hat-trick.

"There was always the fear of coming here to play".

"I don't think he qualifies as the greatest that's ever played without winning the game's greatest prize". The Switzerland vs Argentina football game played on February 29, 2012, saw Messi score his first ever global hat-trick for his national team. Luckily, we could react and we managed to play well.

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His Argentina and Barca teammate Javier Mascherano admitted that elimination "would have ended the story" for many players, presumably with several of them stepping down from the team.

"It would have been insane had Argentina not made it to the World Cup".

"Football, the World Cup, could not be left (the same) without Messi".

'We were calm, we achieved the goal and that is the most important thing.

It would be embarrassing for Argentina if they become one of the biggest absentees of World Cup 2018. "Nahhhhhh", Donnytheprince wrote, alongside a gif of Ronaldo celebrating one of his goals against the Swedes. However, Cristiano Ronaldo ended up winning it after voting was extended from November 15 to 29, on account of the fact Federation Internationale de Football Association had received "a response of less than 50% from eligible voters before the original deadline". Will Messi's Ecuadorian excellence propel him to a sixth win?

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