Despite the stick he receives back in Argentina, he has been the sole reason why Argentina has participated in three major final over the past four 4 years.
Messi, who took his global tally to 64 goals, also setup Sergio Aguero for the final goal of the night.
Messi's first-half opener came from the penalty spot after 17 minutes, then he scored twice after the break before creating the goal for Aguero, who has recovered from a knee injury, at Boca Junior's stadium in Buenos Aires.
He scored his third after 65 minutes and set up Aguero two minutes later to slot home a fourth as Argentina ran amok at Boca Juniors' home stadium in the country's capital.
The paths of the Super Eagles and La Albiceleste will cross for the fifth time at the World Cup in Russian Federation.
"In a World Cup, logic is nearly never given".
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"We all go to Russian Federation for the same reason, the World Cup is the dream of us, of the country".
In the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed why he ultimately turned down the opportunity to represent Spain.
"We felt the affection of all the supporters tonight, unlike at other times [when there have been insults]".
"We have to win against Iceland and that will give us calmness for the rest of the group matches".
Arsenal's official website quoted Wenger saying, 'The story of Cesc Fabregas is that Franny Cagiago and Steve Rowley brought the player here and we had to convince him.
"Let no one have doubts that we are going to try everything, as people always ask us".
Nevertheless, the victory will boost fans' hopes that Messi can lead two-time champions Argentina to glory in Russian Federation.
"We are going with a great squad that is becoming strong at the team and individual level".