WATCH: Messi in World Cup Mood

Lionel Messi pulled off a masterclass when his country’s chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup were at their lowest. Needing, in all probability, a win or at the very least a draw in the final matchday Argentina actually conceded within 40 seconds against Ecuador. But Messi scored a hat trick – and what a hat trick it was – to send his country to Russia.

Watch Messi’s reaction at fulltime:

Here’s Messi in the locker room after the game:

Here’s the FA president, Claudio Tapia, thanking Messi:

More locker room pandemonium:

And here are the fans in Argentina:

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