Lionel Messi late Tuesday night served a glimpse of what to expect from him at the World Cup where Argentina will face the Super Eagles, Croatia and Iceland in the group stage.

Messi scored a hattrick to help Argentina to a routine 4-0 friendly win over Haiti with the World Cup just few days ahead.

With the World Cup set to get underway in Russia next month, two-time champions Argentina stepped up their preparations thanks to captain Messi's three-goal haul in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

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The Barcelona star broke the deadlock in the 17th minute before he completed his hat-trick in eight second-half minutes against the Caribbean minnows.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner then set up substitute and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero with 21 minutes remaining at La Bombonera, where Haiti did not register a shot.

The Super Eagles are the last group opponents for Argentina at the World Cup.

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