They need a win to have a chance of securing one of the four automatic qualification spots for next summer's tournament in Russian Federation.
Argentina have it all to do.
"A World Cup without Brazil, Argentina and Germany loses its appeal a little", said the Atletico Madrid defender. They might be motivated to win, but their recent form has not been impressive since Los Amarillos have lost their past five matches.
A victory guarantees Chile the two-time defending South American champions its third straight World Cup berth. "In case of Playoffs, we strongly believe that Argentina have got what it takes to beat New Zealand in two-legged tie". Should Brazil lose to Chile, they could do Neymar a favour and ensure his biggest continental rival does not have the same safe passage to Russian Federation. Argentina now sit in sixth place, level on points with fifth place Peru and one point behind third and fourth place Chile and Colombia.
The report, however, claimed that Messi is "happy with his life in Barcelona" as the 30-year-old Argentine feels "wanted" at the club.
If the aforementioned information has still failed to make an impact, how about the fact that Lionel Messi, the most iconic player of his generation and quite possibly of all time, would be a no-show for this event. Fifth-placed Peru have 25 points, with Argentina one place behind on the same tally.
Things are not looking good, can Messi do it on his own? The bad news is that they have not won at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which stands 2,782 meters above sea level, since 2001. Bet: the victory of the national team of Argentina with a handicap - F2 (-1). Sergio Batista, a member of the 1986 World Cup-winning team, was scathing in his assessment. He dipped out on a home tournament four years later as well, with manager Aime Jacquet instead choosing to build his team around Zinedine Zidane. "It wouldn't happen anywhere else". However, they are quite complicated on the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, and they now sit sixth with 25 points.
In that doomsday scenario, it would depend on the result of the Peru-Colombia result as to whether Chile finished fifth or sixth.
One of the most high-stakes games comes in Lima, where Peru will aim to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 1982 when they take on Colombia. And at 30, you also need to absorb the cold hard stat that Russian Federation 2018 may be his last FIFA World Cup.