Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are now the all-time highest goal scorers as far as qualifying games for the World Cup in the South America axis are concerned.

Both players have been massive for their Catalan club but they have also shown that their sphere of influence is beyond club football as they are also dictating the pace in their respective national teams.

The hat-trick scored by Messi in the crucial away game against Ecuador has seen him take his tally to 21 goals in 45 World Cup qualifiers in his career.

Suarez on his part struck twice in the second half of Uruguay's 4-2 win over Bolivia to join Messi on 21 goals.

While the goals are coming from these two individuals, many hope their efforts will be well complemented to see the goals translate to silverware as Messi and Suarez have not won anything significant with their national teams.

ALSO WATCH: Celebration As Nigeria Beat Zambia 1-0 To Qualify For The 2018 FIFA World Cup