Argentina could not break down Paraguay in their World Cup qualifier despite enjoying the majority of possession in Asuncion.
The visitors were without Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez in attack and initially struggled to create clear-cut chances before the game opened up in the second half.
Joaquin Correa missed the best of Argentina’s best chances while Messi curled a free-kick just wide.
Paraguay came closest to a goal when Carlos Gonzalez blazed over from close in with just two minutes remaining.
On the final whistle, fans invaded the pitch to try and take selfies with Messi in the wake of the stalemate.
Brazil, who have won all nine of their qualifiers, and Argentina fill the top two positions in South American qualifying at the midway point of their campaigns to make next year’s tournament in Qatar.
The top four teams will go through to the finals automatically.