As part of the 50 days, 50 Argentina World Cup moments, we will be counting down the top 50 Argentina moments at a World Cup using the daily number.
We are just 37 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 37th place we have Maxi RODRIGUEZ playing in his 37th match for Argentina vs. South Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
It was Argentina’s second match (and this also the second time Maxi RODRIGUEZ appears on this list) at the FIFA World Cup and with Diego MARADONA at the helm, the starting line-up was full of attacking players. Angel DI MARIA, Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Lionel MESSI, Carlos TEVEZ and Maxi RODRIGUEZ all started for the two time World Cup winners. However, it was a day for Gonzalo HIGUAIN.
The (then) Real Madrid man netted a hattrick in Argentina’s 4-1 win against South Korea and became the first Argentine player to score a hattrick at a FIFA World Cup since Gabriel BATISTUTA did it against Jamaica back in 1998 in France.
A very memorable day for HIGUAIN and one that confirmed Argentina’s spot in the Round of 16 of the tournament in South Africa.
Here was Argentina’s starting XI for the match:
22. Sergio ROMERO
2. Martin DEMICHELIS
6. Gabriel HEINZE
7. Angel DI MARIA
9. Gonzalo HIGUAIN
10. Lionel MESSI
11. Carlos TEVEZ
13. Walter SAMUEL
14. Javier MASCHERANO
17. Jonas GUTIERREZ
20. Maxi RODRIGUEZ
If you missed it, here are our 50 World Cup moments:
50: Sergio ROMERO gets 50th cap vs. Switzerland at 2014 FIFA World Cup.
49: Roberto AYALA scores in the 49th minute vs. Germany at 2006 FIFA World Cup.
48: Angel DI MARIA’s 48th cap for Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at 2014 FIFA World Cup.
47: Mario KEMPES scores Argentina’s 47th goal all time at the 1978 FIFA World Cup vs. Peru.
46: Jorge VALDANO scores in the 46th minute at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
45: Javier ZANETTI scores in the 45th minute vs. England at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
44: Gabriel BATISTUTA scores goal number 44 in his Argentina career at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
43: Gonzalo HIGUAIN receives cap number 43 for Argentina vs. Germany in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
42: Pedro PASCULLI scores in the 42nd minute for Argentina vs. Uruguay at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
41: Maxi RODRÍGUEZ scores in the 41st minute for Argentina vs. Serbia & Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
40: Roberto AYALA plays in his 40th match for Argentina vs. Jamaica at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
39: Pablo ZABALETA plays in his 39th match for Argentina vs. Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
38: Javier SAVIOLA scores in the 38th minute for Argentina vs. Ivory Coast at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.