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Didier Drogba explains Lionel Messi dig on Twitter after his stunning hat-trick

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Just when you thought Lionel Messi's legend couldn't possibly grow anymore, the Barcelona superstar produced a performance for the ages to almost single-handedly drive Argentina to the World Cup finals in Russia next year.

Argentina were hanging on in South American qualifying and they had to beat Ecuador in their final group game on Tuesday night to ensure their passage to Russia next summer.

So, going 1-0 down inside the first minute was not the ideal start.

Messi wasn't having any of that, though, and proceeded to score a sublime hat-trick under some seriously intense pressure.

Just days earlier, Egypt secured their place in Russia next year too with a 2-1 victory over Congo.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah inspired his nation to victory and saw them book their spot at a World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years.

But, former Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba made a big error when congratulating Salah.

As you can see from the thread below, Drogba was getting plenty of stick over what he had said about Messi, and he didn't even know what he had said. It turns out he had liked a post that read "Salah sends his country to the World Cup while Messi is doing key passes."

Drogba claims it was an honest mistake and he was simply trying to like the video of Salah sending Eygpt to the finals. Hmm, I guess we believe you, Didier!

Speaking after Argentina's victory and his personal heroics, Messi seemed just happy to have gotten the job done.

"Fortunately everything went well and we are into the World Cup," said Messi after the crucial victory. "We are calm now after achieving the main goal, that is the most important thing. All this time that we were away from the press and the fans helped us to be closer.

"It would have been crazy a World Cup without Argentina, this group didn't deserve it. The team will change, will grow a lot and will come out stronger.

"It was a relief because we were in a tough spot. We got ourselves into this mess. It was not easy to play here, a lot of things happen from my mind when the 0-1 came, but the group overcame the situation very well and was quick to take the lead.

"There was some fear of missing the World Cup. We let pass a lot of opportunities and we had to decide our future in this game. We had to qualify, now it's time to enjoy"

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