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: