Have Argentina ever failed to qualify for the World Cup before?

Arsenal¿s Iwobi who sealed qualification on Sunday night with the only goal against Zambia

The PSG forward and the Argentine captain always publicly showed their friendship during the Brazilian's time at Barcelona, so it would come as no surprise that Neymar wants to see Messi in Russian Federation come next summer. A single point could also see them move above Chile and Colombia as long as both those teams lose by a two-goal margin.

Ecuador have lost their last five qualifiers, with a place at Russian Federation already out of reach for them, but the side have not been beaten by Argentina in Quito since 2001.

The thought of a World Cup without Lionel Messi is one football romantics would rather not contemplate.

Here, we take a look at some other greats who missed out on playing in previous World Cups.

It's all looking pretty ugly for Argentina, but they can at least take comfort from the knowledge that Ecuador have nothing to play for, already suffering elimination after a wretched run of five consecutive losses.

Chile could seal their qualification with victory over Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Lying a place and a point behind Argentina, Paraguay play host to Venezuela knowing that they will, in all likelihood, have to win to go through.

The phrase 'must-win-match' is often used premiscuously.

However, they did avoid defeat in 10 of their qualification matches and will be no pushover for their illustrious and desperate opponents.

English Premier League club Manchester City are reportedly gearing up to bid a whopping 357 million pounds in January 2018 to get Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi on board.

But, as mentioned above, Peru hasn't beaten Colombia at home in a World Cup qualifier since 1981, the year it last qualified for a World Cup. A victory would guarantee they finish no worse than fifth place, putting them into a two-legged play-off against New Zealand that they would be expected to win.

Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina (25 points) are sixth following last week's goalless draw with Peru, but a win over Ecuador would see them rise above Colombia (26) or Peru (25), who are due to meet in Lima.

Messi has played in nine of Argentina's 17 qualifiers.

And so tightly bunched are the six remaining contenders that it is well worth studying the standings ahead of the 18th and final matchday and making a note of each side's goal difference, which could well be a decisive factor in determining who goes through to Russian Federation 2018.

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