Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Barcelona star Lionel Messi proved to any doubters that he is the world's best player by securing Argentina's place at the World Cup with a marvellous hat-trick.
Ronaldo's Portugal booked their place in the finals having beaten Switzerland to replace them at the top of their qualifying group.
Their 30-year-old captain came to the rescue.
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However they struggled in the qualifiers and needed a hat-trick from Lionel Messi to get them to Russian Federation.
Despite taking maximum points from their first four qualifiers, Ecuador missed out on qualification alongside Chile - and there has been plenty of backlash since.
Ecuador had no chance of qualifying heading into the final game at home to Argentina.
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The 30-year-old was Argentina's hero in their 3-1 win in their final Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday morning, when he scored a hat-trick to secure his side's place at the tournament in Russia.
The players, who are accused of leaving the team camp on the outskirts of Quito last Friday night, were not named by the FEF, although they were identified by Ecuadorian media.
"The act of indiscipline they committed was to have left the national team headquarters at midnight Friday and return at 02.20 in the morning".
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According to El Comercio, the suspended players are Robert Arboleda, Jefferson Orejuela, Gabriel Cortez, Enner Valencia and Joao Plata.