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Messi to focus on World Cup glory

Messi to focus on World Cup glory

Argentina does not lose in the last five matches, but in the selection matches, she cannot win in the last 4 meetings, losing 1 time and three draws. If they do manage to win on Brazilian soil for the first time, they will secure their place in Russian Federation, regardless of other results.

But if they fail to make it, Messi ― who would be in his mid-30s by the time of the next World Cup - would nearly certainly forever be condemned to be judged by the tedious argument that he's not really a great player because he's never won the World Cup. In the upcoming game, despite the statistics of face-to-face meetings, Argentina is obliged to win, not to enter the world forum with such a selection of players is a disaster.

Incredibly, considering how they have already grabbed top spot in qualifying and since they are major rivals with Argentina, Brazil also have a role to play.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Chile could seal their qualification with victory over Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Scoring goals has been the central issue for Messi and Co., and a goal difference of plus one has placed Argentina on the brink of disaster.

The other pertinent match sees Paraguay face bottom of the table Venezuela in Asuncion, and Los Guaraníes will be strong favourites given what is at stake.

Hello and welcome to the crucial World Cup qualifier between Ecuador and Argentina. The omens are good for Los Cafeteros, who have won their last four qualifying meetings with the Peruvians.

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In terms of their life cycle, the current Argentina team are on the edge of transition, and it will be no surprise to see Messi hang up his global boots if the side fail to qualify. A win will guarantee the visitors a ticket to Russian Federation, while any other result will leave them sweating on events elsewhere. Danger lurks upon La Albiceleste, who could even lose the playoff place if they lose.

Chile were under Argentine-born former Spain striker Juan Antonio Pizzi when they stunned Argentina again a year later in the final of the Centenary Copa America in the United States, also on penalties after another 0-0 draw.

Argentina are in sixth place in the 10-team South American group.

"The team that hauled itself to the World Cup final three years ago was heavily reliant on the inspiration of Messi and the grit of Javier Mascherano".

If Peru gets a draw, it would need Argentina and Paraguay to lose to remain in contention, or just one of those two teams lose if Brazil beats Chile. Therefore, winning against Ecuador is imperative if they want to keep themselves alive.

Beleaguered coach Jorge Sampaoli - the third of the qualifying campaign - has called on his players to follow Messi's example.

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