The stage was set.
For Argentina, in Ecuador, it was win or bust.
The build-up to this particular 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture, kicked off as early as Saturday, when Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia.
There were posts all over social media, that claimed that Alex Iwobi’s goal earned the Super Eagles qualification and “Messi could never”.
Few hours before the match, Cristiano Ronaldo starred for Portugal, as they picked up their ticket.
Over to you, Lionel.
And boy, did he completely steal the show!
Messi netted a stunning hat-trick, as Argentina came from behind to win the game 3-1 and qualify for Russia 2018.
In Russia next summer, a date with destiny awaits and Messi has possibly the last chance to do it with his national team.
But even if he doesn’t, his immortality is not even up for debate.