Breaking News – (NEWZ247) Lionel Messi fired Argentina into the World Cup with a first-rate hat-trick on Tuesday as South American champion’s Chile suffered a surprise removal.

Messi single-handedly resurrected Argentina’s hopes in a three-1 win over Ecuador in Quito that drew a line underneath a chaotic marketing campaign that had left the 2-time champions in chance of failing to qualify.

The Barcelona superstar scored two times inside the beginning 20 minutes to give Argentina the lead after Ecuador had stunned the traffic with a gap goal after from Rosario Ibarra after 38 seconds.

Messi then finished his hat-trick — the 44th of his mind-blowing career — with a chic chip within the 2nd half to seal the victory.

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