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This hat-trick in Argentia vs Ecuador also made Messi the joint all-time leading scorer in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers with 20 goals, alongside Uruguay's Luis Suárez.

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

Messi's performance in La-Liga and local matches had already made him a star in the world of football and this hat-trick proved that his performance in global football is no less. They should consider themselves lucky as they are going to play against a team, Ecuador, who have already been eliminated from the competition.

Argentina entered the final qualification match day outside the qualifying spots - and not making it to Russian Federation was a real possibility - but Messi insisted a World Cup without his country would have been "crazy". Messi scored seven, and no other player added more than two goals. But coach Jorge Sampaoli still has a lot to fix in a squad that nearly made Argentina miss a World Cup for the first time in 48 years.

Argentina needed him and Messi delivered.

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India in reply made a mockery of the total and chased down the requisite target by 7 wickets in hand and 43 balls to spare. In the process, he also became the fastest to reach 2000 ODI runs in India , surpassing Sourav Ganguly's record .

"The nationality of the best player in the world is luckily Argentine", Sampaoli told reporters. As a outcome of that pressure we are stronger now, this qualification will make us stronger to face the future. "In our group chat we said that we had to take Messi to the World Cup and this has happened".

"We had the possibility to help him to be in another World Cup".

The Daily Mail reported that Monaco captain Falcao appeared to "gently push one player over to his nearby team mates to pass on a message".

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And on November 19, Ronaldo, the Ballon d'Or incumbent, hit a hat-trick that propelled his side to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil courtesy of a 3-2 win over Sweden on the night and a 4-2 win on aggregate.