Lionel Messi came to Argentina's rescue to send his national to the 2018 World Cup. The Barcelona forward scored a hat-trick as Argentina came from 1-0 down to earn the win they needed to qualify automatically. Here you can watch the Lionel Messi hat-trick vs Ecuador video.
Lionel Messi hat-trick vs Ecuador video
It was the 44th hat-trick of Messi's career and Argentina coach Coach Jorge Sampaoli said: "I told the group: Messi did not owe the World Cup to Argentina, but football owed the World Cup to Messi."
"Today, luckily, the nationality of the best player in the world is Argentinean.
"We must be sure everything does not depend on Leo but today he brought his great ability. I told the group we should help him be in the World Cup."