Paulo Dybala Says He's Lucky To Watch Lionel Messi

That goal was Messi's 20th in World Cup qualifiers, more than any other player in the South American Football Federation.

A hat-trick against an Ecuador, ranked 35th in the world, may very well sound par for the course for a player of Messi's calibre.

Speaking afterwards, Messi said: 'There was always the fear of coming here to play.

Ronaldo produced an incredible individual display on that occasion in a World Cup play-off with Sweden.

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Peru, the world's 12th-ranked team, face a two-match playoff against New Zealand after drawing their final round qualification match 1-1 against Colombia in Lima.

" We were calm, we achieved the goal and that is the most important thing". They should consider themselves lucky as they are going to play against a team, Ecuador, who have already been eliminated from the competition. "The group deserved to qualify".

Argentina has been one of the most disappointing national teams in the world, now sixth in the CONMEBOL region with 25 points.

"Football owes him a World Cup", Sampaoli told reporters after the match.

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His Argentina and Barca teammate Javier Mascherano admitted that elimination "would have ended the story" for many players, presumably with several of them stepping down from the team.

'We were away from the press for a while and the people.

The Barcelona striker, awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, rescued a World Cup berth, but coach Jorge Sampaoli knows it will take more than one player, however good, to go far in Russian Federation. We ended up suffering to enter this World Cup and hopefully we will get it once and for all. All teams are within one goal of each other on goal differential.

There were songs, some with rude references to reporters who had questioned the players, and Messi ended his self-imposed media ban and addressed Argentinian reporters for the first time in nearly a year.

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