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'Football Owed Hat-Trick Hero Messi The World Cup'

'Football Owed Hat-Trick Hero Lionel Messi The World Cup'

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 11, 2017 11:05 AM @KeeganKruger

After seeing five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi net all three goals in Argentina's 3-1 win over Ecuador, Jorge Sampaoli was adamant football owed the FC Barcelona star a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Messi Breaks All-Time South American Record

La Albiceleste, who were sixth in the South American qualification group before their final qualifier, managed to book their plane ticket to Russia after they beat Ecuador at the Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito.

Messi's performance on the night was something to behold, and his head coach Sampaoli had nothing but praise for the 30-year-old after the fixture.

"Football owed Messi the World Cup," Sampaoli said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

"I told the group: Messi did not owe the World Cup to Argentina, but football owed the World Cup to Messi.

"We should help him to be in a new World Cup. I was very excited to be in a squad with him."

The former Chile boss also revealed he was relieved Argentina qualified, and insisted the hard work begins now.

"Argentina took a big step. I hope that with the preparation time we have, we can be competitive as we were today."

Messi Sends Argentina To World Cup

Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia are the other three South American sides that have booked their spot in next year's prestigious competition.

Are you happy that we will see Messi in Russia? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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m3nga's Joined: 01 Jun 2017
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m3nga's Oct 14, 2017 12:59 PM
world cup without messi will not b tht exciting..
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Oct 13, 2017 09:10 PM
The whole world is happy to see messi in the world cup.
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Warras4khosi Oct 12, 2017 08:42 PM
Okey Mr. Editor no news akere
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jerseynumber8 Oct 12, 2017 06:31 PM
Argentina needs to win the WC for Messi.
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STIGA18 Oct 12, 2017 05:53 PM
Defenders be scared 4 life
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Iviweluwalala Oct 12, 2017 12:58 PM
Messi needs all these so call superstars of Argentine to work hard non of them is able to steel a game away from messi just to prove they Don rely on him nxaaaa!!!!!!
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2legend1 Oct 11, 2017 10:09 PM
Only hope dybala gets to learn from the wizard himself.
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2legend1 Oct 11, 2017 10:07 PM
This is Messi's World cup.
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#eddie Oct 11, 2017 08:46 PM
Who isn't happy vele...even haters are happy that they are going to see the best in the world at Russia!!!.....
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Faysal Oct 11, 2017 02:29 PM
Football World needs messi
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Maloh11 Oct 11, 2017 02:26 PM
From the beginning to the end Losers lose, winners win #MESSI10
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Justice_Masasa_D Oct 11, 2017 02:21 PM
@gangisamhlave -u dont watch argentina games....u just read here the hogwash that mr Cowditor post after the game...against Germany in 2014 in Brazil i even thought Higuain was a Germany defender...he was helping Neuer to clear the ball until he was substituted for Aguero
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Iviweluwalala Oct 11, 2017 01:50 PM
Barcelona has enermies bcz of messi they bribe it's player just to see Messi fail They believe it affect Messi's perfomance,accusing him of being one man club,dependent to iniest,xavi,Neymer,Suarez,Barc elona system May be last night Barcelona system was with him,All the above mentioned players were on the field with invisible images
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Nick#10 Oct 11, 2017 12:41 PM
Nd all haters owe Messi respect
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mkhok Joined: 19 Apr 2017
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mkhok Oct 11, 2017 12:29 PM
messi will never ever win a world tittle....
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connaissance09 Oct 11, 2017 12:24 PM
it is a shame and it saddens me to see what happens with argentina . messi is just a human and cant take all this pressure alone. it is getting to him, really. argentina has let messi down again and again. am still watching peru game and yesterday game, you can't expect one player to do so much alone.
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Sir Lore. Oct 11, 2017 12:24 PM
@luckym555 true man, i remember Neuer mistakenly passing Higuain on a one on one, instead of hitting the target, Higuain missed widely that night. Then it was Palacio man, one on one with Neuer with a free header, and he just passed it to Neuer again. Had it been messi who got those golden opportunities, we would still be talking a different story today
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luckym555 Oct 11, 2017 12:06 PM
@gangisamhlave then u don't knw football my brh coz Messi was brilliant in all the finals he played in but his team mates failed him coz of missing easier chances
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Mentashe Oct 11, 2017 12:00 PM
MMM, HE TRIED LAST TIME, SO HE MUST GO FOR IT.
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gangisamhlave Oct 11, 2017 11:33 AM
Put them against belgium or germany den masesi will disappear nas usual

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