Lionel Messi warns team-mates that his Barcelona form could dip

12 October, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Nora May
  • CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying

He becomes the first player to reach 20 World Cup qualifying goals in South America.

Argentina's hat-trick hero Lionel Messi has commented on his Man of the Match performance against Ecuador, as well as nearly missing out on the World Cup.

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

"It would have been insane had Argentina not made it to the World Cup".

"This team deserves to be at the World Cup", Messi said, as quoted by the Argentina FA's official Twitter account and translated into English. We have some good young players come up.

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation. "The group deserved to qualify". 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.

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

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

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. We ended up suffering to enter this World Cup and hopefully we will get it once and for all.

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".

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.

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.

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