Lionel Messi warns team-mates that his Barcelona form could dip

May JohnsonОкт 12, 2017

Needing a win against the rival South American side, Argentina now leads Ecuador 3-1, thanks to a hat trick from who else but Messi.

Having looked in danger of missing out on Russian Federation 2018, the result saw Jorge Sampaoli's men finish third in CONMEBOL qualifying.

But with Messi at his electrifying best, no nation will want to come up against La Albiceleste in Russian Federation.

The 30-year-old's first goal, 12 minutes in, came from an Angel Di Maria assist and gave the fans, and seemingly the team, hope.

"There was always the fear of coming here to play", Messi said, per the Mail.

Renewal will be based on a combination of veteran players and new faces of Argentinian football, a process Sampaoli has already launched through trial and error in tough circumstances, with a World Cup berth on the line.

While everyone is celebrating Messi's brilliance, there are some who were expecting him to fail.

Ronaldo sent Portugal to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a blistering hat-trick against Sweden.

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The win unleashed partying and sighs of relief in the Argentina dressing room at Atahualpa stadium in Quito.

Executives at Federation Internationale de Football Association and Adidas will be covering their faces and watching through their fingers on Tuesday night as Argentina attempts to avoid disaster and qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

After his first worldwide hat-trick, Messi scored the next two triple goals in merely one and a half year.

The tweet has now been retweeted 2,300 times.

"I don't think he qualifies as the greatest that's ever played without winning the game's greatest prize".

There are no more words to describe his brilliance.

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. "In our group chat we said that we had to take Messi to the World Cup and this has happened".

"The nationality of the best player in the world is luckily Argentine", Sampaoli told reporters. Have your say in the comments section below.

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