Hat-Trick Hero Messi Comments On Superb Display

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying

Heading into the final round of CONCACAF fixtures, the United States were sitting in an automatic qualification berth, but their 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with Panama's 2-1 success over Costa Rica and Honduras' 3-2 win over Mexico, means the Americans will miss their first World Cup finals since 1986. It is also worth noting that the trio of goals now serve as Messi's first hat trick in World Cup qualifying play.

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

A major worldwide winners' medal continues to elude Messi, who has gone through the heartbreak of losing two Copa America and one World Cup finals in the last three years.

Argentina face Ecuador tonight with their prospects of reaching the World Cup looking increasingly precarious.

'It would have been insane not to be in the World Cup.

"As national team players we have gone through many situations".

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In the 12th minute of the game, Messi scored his first goal and equalised for Argentina. "The group deserved to qualify".

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Argentina needed him and Messi delivered.

The Barcelona striker, awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, rescued a World Cup berth, but coach Jorge Sampaoli knows it will take more than one player, however good, to go far in Russian Federation. We had to play with that in mind.

"There's enough there. There's no excuses for us not qualifying for the World Cup".

Lionel Messi is often considered as the best player in the world and regarded by many as the greatest of all time and these videos hint at why fans are insane about this sports legend. All teams are within one goal of each other on goal differential. Messi is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards and his entry into the FIFA 2018 World Cup is bound to make the game all the more fun and entertaining.

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