Messi bagged a stunning hat-trick on Tuesday night in a 3-1 win over Ecuador to ensure the two-time winners booked their place in Russian Federation. "Playing in a World Cup and trying to get back to the final is one of them".
Their 30-year-old captain came to the rescue.
But fired by a Messi hat-trick, the two-time World Cup winners rallied from a goal down to win in Quito and jump to third in the final CONMEBOL standings.
Now suspended for gambling on football, the 35-year-old noted the player's involvement in each of Messi's three goals was "not quite right".
Argentina got what they deserved when they qualified for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador, according to football legend Lionel Messi.
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The players, who are accused of leaving the team camp on the outskirts of Quito last Friday night, were not named by the FEF, although they were identified by Ecuadorian media.
"It is a very hard decision, painful for the boys, but undoubtedly was a decision that had to be made, setting a precedent for the future, for the next players called to the national team".
According to El Comercio, the suspended players are Robert Arboleda, Jefferson Orejuela, Gabriel Cortez, Enner Valencia and Joao Plata.
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