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Videos of Messi's Top 5 Hat-trick Goals

Videos of Messi's Top 5 Hat-trick Goals”

The All Whites' World Cup qualification opponents Peru have been dragged into an alleged match-fixing controversy.

The world's greatest player added another thrilling chapter to his legacy last night by scoring a hat-trick to send Argentina to the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking afterwards, Messi said: 'There was always the fear of coming here to play.

"Messi does not owe a World Cup to Argentina, it is football that owes a World Cup to him". They should consider themselves lucky as they are going to play against a team, Ecuador, who have already been eliminated from the competition.

In South America, as many as six teams - Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay - kicked-off their final encounters knowing they could still secure one of the automatic qualification places.

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.

Ecuador had a solid run in this CONMEBOL region, now eighth with 20 points but its World Cup aspirations are already over. "The group deserved to qualify".

"Football, the World Cup, could not be left (the same) without Messi". His Argentina team has gone through multiple coaching changes and played bad soccer in the wake of Messi and some of his teammates threatening to retire due to poor management by the Argentinian FA.

'We were away from the press for a while and the people.

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

Had Argentina need to go through the play-off then it may have been a different matter entirely, as votes would have been cast ahead of his decisive intervention (assuming he made one). 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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