Hat-Trick Hero Messi Comments On Superb Display

by Olga Hunt October 12, 2017, 0:38
Hat-Trick Hero Messi Comments On Superb Display

Argentina travelled to Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa to face an Ecuador side needing three points to qualify for the World Cup.

He duly did, bagging two goals in three minutes late on to complete his hat-trick and secure a spot at the World Cup in Rio.

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", Messi said, per the Mail.

"He is the greatest player of all time and this was a triumph for him and all of the players".

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Ecuador had already been eliminated from World Cup consideration before Tuesday's slate, but they had the opportunity to play spoiler.

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 worldwide football is no less. As we celebrate this phenomenal victory, here is a look at the top 5 most memorable hat-tricks scored by Messi.

At a crucial moment, Argentina needed Messi to step in and avoid what could have been a humiliating exit.

Nigeria became the first African country to progress when Arsenal's Alex Iwobi scored the victor against Zambia on Saturday, while a stoppage-time penalty from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah the following day took Egypt to their first World Cup in 28 ye ars. France Football have just announced the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or with voting not due to close until November.

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.

Late interventions have of course swung voting before. Will Messi's Ecuadorian excellence propel him to a sixth win?

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