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.
"There was always the fear of coming here to play".
Ronaldo produced an incredible individual display on that occasion in a World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Despite going a goal down in the very first minute of their game against Ecuador, Argentina qualified for the World Cup in Russian Federation, thanks largely to a heroic performance from Lionel Messi. "We have the chance to help, he is the best player ever". Messi led Argentina to victory against Brazil with a 4-3 lead.
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In the 12th minute of the game, Messi scored his first goal and equalised for Argentina.
" I told the group: Messi did not owe the World Cup to Argentina, but football owed the World Cup to Messi". His Argentina team has gone through multiple coaching changes and played awful soccer in the wake of Messi and some of his teammates threatening to retire due to poor management by the Argentinian FA. As a outcome of that pressure we are stronger now, this qualification will make us stronger to face the future.
"The only ones who would be happy if Messi doesn't go to the World Cup would be Maradona fans because, that way, they can keep saying that he's the best". We ended up suffering to enter this World Cup and hopefully we will get it once and for all.
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.
There were songs, some with rude references to reporters who had questioned the players, and Messi ended his self-imposed media ban and addressed Argentinian reporters for the first time in nearly a year.