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Pochettino fell asleep as Lionel Messi dragged Argentina into World Cup

After Ecuador scored in the first minute, Lionel Messi took over and scored three goals to punch Argentina's World Cup ticket. The FC crew debate how much a World Cup should factor into Lionel Messi's standing among the greatest players of all time. Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi's impact on Argentina's qualification for the World Cup. Jorge Sampaoli says he gets emotional coaching Lionel Messi, whom he calls the best player in history. U2 front man Bono saluted Lionel Messi following his match winning performance against Ecuador. While most of those watching the heroic exploits of Lionel Messi were transfixed, at least one member of the audience for Argentina's World Cup-salvaging win over Ecuador struggled to maintain interest. That man was Tottenham manager (and former Albiceleste international) Mauricio Pochettino, who has admitted that he "fell asleep" before Messi scored a match-winning hat trick to haul his country from the brink of elimination and into the hat for Russia 2018. Still, the prospect of Argentina's do-or-die......

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Published By: ESPN FC - 7 days ago







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