Juventus forward Paulo Dybala described himself as "lucky" because he is able to see the magic of Argentina captain Lionel Messi up close after his nation reached the World Cup in Russia next year.
Messi scored a sublime hat-trick which saw Argentina came from a goal down to win 3-1 over Ecuador in Quito on Tuesday.
The Albiceleste talisman looks set to missing out going to Russia next year, but the result saw Argentina finish third in CONMEBOL qualifying.
Dybala, who was an unused substitute, was delighted to see Messi's incredible display.
"I am lucky to see him and have him so close," the Juventus star said, via the team's Twitter account.
The win was Argentina's seventh in qualifying, and they finished a distant 13 points behind group winners Brazil.
Uruguay, Colombia joined Brazil and Argentina in sealing automatic places, while Peru go into a play-off against New Zealand.