Are we about to witness Lionel Messi's final Argentina game?

Some may argue that the CONMEBOL World Cup process is designed to ensure the presence of Brazil and Argentina at the biggest soccer show on earth, but there’s a chance we won’t see Lionel Messi in blue and white stripes next summer.

Going into their final qualification game, The Albiceleste sit outside the qualification spots, needing a win in Ecuador to guarantee an intercontinental play-off with New Zealand. However, the game will be played at over 9,000 feet above sea level in the Andes, where Argentina haven’t recorded a win since 2001.

If the 2014 World Cup finalists fail to qualify for the 2018 tournament, there is a chance that Messi will retire from national team duties for the second time. And this time, it could be a permanent arrangement.

Therefore, you may be advised to tune in  on Tuesday evening for what might be Messi’s last international game.