Lionel Messi once again proved he’s one of the greatest players to have ever played the game with an incredible hat-trick to help Argentina qualify for the Russia World Cup.
Messi’s side went into their clash against Ecuador in 6th place in their South American qualification standings - outside a qualification position.
They needed a positive result away from home and hope that other results went their way.
But with Messi in their side, they needn’t have worried.
Despite Ecuador taking a first-minute lead, Messi turned on the magic and ended up scoring an incredible hat-trick.
It saw Argentina finish third in the qualifying standings and left the whole football world singing Messi's praises.
Twitter was full of people calling Messi the GOAT - Greatest Of All Time. And one of those was Gary Lineker.
He sent a series of tweets during Messi’s magical 90 minutes.
Gary Lineker's tweets
“Where there is Messi there is hope,” he wrote after his first goal.
“Come on Argentina. A World Cup without Messi would be like a World Cup without..erm....Messi,” he later added.
When Messi scored his second, he tweeted: “Cometh the hour, cometh the Messiah.”
And then a cheeky: “In fact, I cometh every time I watch Messi play.”
Then, when Messi completed his hat-trick, Lineker wrote: “He's only gone and scored a hat-trick. If Messi is not the GOAT then I'm a f*****g chicken.”
Of course, by calling Messi the ‘Greatest Of All Time,’ you’re saying that he’s better than ‘rival’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s a debate that has raged on for years and one that will continue to rage on - especially as Ronaldo looks set to equal Messi’s five Ballon d’Ors in January.
Lineker clearly thinks Messi is the greatest and one football Twitter account suggested his tweets disrespected Ronaldo.
Lineker calls out Twitter account
They wrote: ‘Gary Lineker destroys Ronaldo’ with a link to a story about Lineker’s tweets.
But Lineker wasn’t having of it.
He replied: “He didn't destroy Ronaldo. He eulogised Messi.”
You can’t complain with that.
The fact that football fans feel the need to compare the two incredible footballers constantly is ridiculous.
With both of them heading to the World Cup next summer, can’t we just appreciate them for what they are - two of the best players that the sport has ever seen?
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