BUENOS AIRES: Lionel Messi forgot the problem in Barcelona by helping Argentina win 1-0 over Ecuador in the World Cup qualifiers just now.
The 33-year-old is facing an open conflict with his club but it did not interfere with his performance when he scored a penalty in the 13th minute to create a victory.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner failed to leave the Catalan giants at the end of the season but he was seen happier wearing the national team jersey.
And Argentina need the player to be at the best level to avoid defeat at the hands of Ecuador for the second time in a row in a World Cup qualifier after losing 2-0 to the same opponent four years ago.
In a different atmosphere in the empty stadium of Bombonera – Argentina is seen not facing the possibility of another sudden loss.
The hosts dominated the ball but failed to break the deadlock due to Ecuador’s different orderly and solid defense when they were 6-1 in a friendly last year.
The goal was finally reached after Pervis Estupinan’s rough challenge against Lucas Ocampo and Messi completed 71st international goals.