World Cup hopes seemed to have almost faded as the whole of Argentina counted on their talisman, Lionel Messi ahead of their final qualifying match against Ecuador. Sampaoli’s side started the game at the 6th position in the table and the nation demanded something extraordinary from the man who had faced a lot of criticism lately.
After just 38 seconds of football at Quito, Argentina’s chances of entering the 2018 World cup at Russia took another blow as Ecuador drew first blood in the match. But there was one man who still believed in his capabilities and was determined to show the world why he is regarded as the greatest of all time. There was one man who knew that a little bit of brilliance from him could see his nation dreaming of lifting the world cup for the third time. And indeed, there was one man who rose to the occasion and netted three past Ecuador making the world believe in his abilities once again.
Yes, it was Lionel Messi who staged a brilliant performance away at Ecuador where Argentina were struggling from the first minute due to the high altitude of the place. But as many people believe, there is no defense that can stop the little genius from scoring when he wants to. There was no factor that could stop the left footed Argentine from featuring in the World cup next year. And there is no word that can describe the feelings of his supporters all over the world right now.
The 30 year old silenced his critics once again with a performance that was one of his greatest to say the least. A lot of comparisons were drawn with Cristiano Ronaldo who has enjoyed a lot of success lately but Lionel Messi believes in answering on the field. However, the most notable factor in Lionel’s game was his hunger and his determination which clearly portrays how desperate he is to get his hands on the World Cup trophy. And if the Barcelona man continues to amaze us just the way he did today, Argentina could might well go one better this time.