Argentine soccer ace Lionel Messi scored 3 times to single-handedly help his national team qualify for the 2018 World Cup.   Argentina defeated Ecuador 3-1 yesterday.  Messi's hat trick came on the final day of South American qualifying.  The 2-time World Cup champions barely avoided missing out on the FIFA party for the first time since 1970.  

Argentina joins regional rivals Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay to compete next year in Russia. 

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