He did it again. Lionel Messi produced yet more magic as he almost single-handedly dragged Argentina through to the World Cup in Russia.

The Barcelona superstar stepped up in a huge way on a crucial night for his country, delivering a quite brilliant hat-trick under enormous pressure in the 2-1 win over Ecuador.

[REPORT: Messi hits hat-trick to see Argentina through to World Cup]

Social media was, predictably, abuzz with praise, love and astonishment at the greatness of Messi…

Fans were in no doubt who was SOLELY responsible for carrying Argentina to the World Cup…

Just check out these glorious scenes…