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Messi master-class allows Argentina to qualify; Robben retires from Dutch duty

Messi master-class allows Argentina to qualify; Robben retires from Dutch duty

The two-time World Cup winners started a chaotic final night of South American qualifying in sixth place and were set to miss out on the tournament altogether.

Incredibly, only two "players" scored for Argentina in their final eight World Cup qualifiers: Messi, and own goal. There is the chance that both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup although both scenarios seem nearly impossible to imagine they are a possibility. Lionel Messi Takes Selfie With Crying Young Fan After Being Dragged Away by Security Guards in This Video.

The dependence on Messi has been proportional to the lack of goals from other players.

While Messi scored his first ever hat-trick goals in 2007 for FC Barcelona, his first global Hatrick came against Switzerland in a friendly match.

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Lionel Messi was not going to miss the World Cup.

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Ecuador will have a different team for this clash as the many of their veterans including Walter Ayovi and Alexander Dominguez have been left out.

Argentina needed him and Messi delivered. This was the match where Messi overtook Telmo Zarra as the player with the most hat-tricks ever in Spanish football.

Argentina never used the same starting lineup twice in its 18 matches, a statistic which many believe has made it less effective as a team and more reliant on the individual talent of Messi. The hat-trick in the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup qualifiers helped Argentina to enter the World Cup in the most spectacular way possible.

The second goal was his 20th all-time in World Cup qualifying for Argentina, leaving him as the first man in the region to reach that mark.

There were songs, some with rude references to reporters who had questioned the players, and Messi ended his self-imposed media ban and addressed Argentinian reporters for the first time in nearly a year.


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