It means Argentina must beat Nigeria - they have done so four times previously at World Cups - to retain any hope of the Barcelona superstar embellishing his magnificent career with the sport's greatest prize.
The Russian showpiece has been a ideal storm of pressure for Messi, as not only has he struggled after missing a penalty against Iceland but Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible return of four goals in two games has put the spotlight on the Argentine even more.
Erdogan remporte l'élection présidentielle — Turquie
Ince a indiqué qu'il se rendrait à Ankara pour attendre les résultats devant le siège de la haute autorité électorale. Erdogan s'est imposé comme le dirigeant turc le plus puissatn depuis le fondateur de la République, Mustafa Kemal.
However, bouncing back will take a huge improvement in performance and strength of character so far unseen from the two-time world champions in Russian Federation.
Will Argentina get the result they need on Tuesday night?
"I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who wore that (Argentina) shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain", he said.
"For some other teams it wouldn't be a disgrace but it would at least be a shock if they didn't to qualify for the final 16".
Durmaz leads Sweden squad in standing against ‘terrorist’ and ‘Taliban’ barbs
Known by supporters as "The Great Wall of Ochoa", he has been a steadying presence for Mexico and has a tournament-high 14 saves. For Sweden , defeat means victory is required in their final Group F game against Mexico in order to guarantee qualification.
With so much talent in the squad, the South Americans boast the likes of Messi, Aguero, Di Maria, Dybala and Higuaín, many expected the '86 winners to pose a serious threat to the title.
"I am convinced that the team will go out tomorrow with a lot of energy to win the game".
He is also just the second African player to register two goals in two World Cup matches since Cameroon's Roger Milla in 1990.
"But obviously I think we must work together".
Harry Kane hits hat-trick as England flatten Panama
The fifth goal came shortly before half time, when a catalogue of fouls in the box could have earned England their second penalty. The most important thing is winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that's the ideal situation.
"Yes, he is playing well, but if you really look at what he has done, he has scored one penalty, one free kick, one goal from a corner and one with a shot that David De Gea should have saved".