Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero in rumored Argentina list for World Cup qualifiers


Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will reportedly be called-up to the Argentina national team for the two World Cup qualifiers later this month.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni will announce on Tuesday his list of players for the two World Cup qualifiers this month against Ecuador and Bolivia. The first match will take place against Ecuador at La Bombonera while the second will be at altitude in La Paz.

The road to 2022 begins as of Tuesday when Scaloni will announce the list. With the corona virus in full swing, there are fears that the global epidemic could keep players quarantined in country. However, per a report by TyC Sports, Scaloni will be looking to call European based players.

For the goalkeepers, two will be based in South America. Recent league champion Esteban Andrada of Boca Juniors along with veteran goalkeeper Franco Armani will make up the pair from South America. FC Porto’s Agustin Marchesin will be the third.

As for the back line, it’s rumored to be Gonzalo Montiel, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Martinez Quarta and Juan Foyth. Two South American based players in Walter Kannemann of Gremio and Milton Casco of River Plate could be included as well.

In midfield, it’s a bit of what we see at last year’s Copa America. Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Exequiel Palacios, Gio Lo Celso, Marcos Acuna and Lucas Ocampos will make the team. One of Guido Rodriguez and Rodrigo Battaglia could make up that extra spot while the likes of Enzo Perez and Nacho Fernandez are being scouted as well.

In attack, there’s no place for Mauro Icardi as Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Lucas Alario and Sergio Aguero will get the call.


  1. This is the base set of Players under Scaloni.

    Most of them will be there regardless of their Club performances. Would have liked to see Icardi too.

    If Battaglia comes back will be a great addition.He will add more grit in our Midfield he can either play with Paredes or even replace Paredes depending on the opponent. He was always in Scalonis plan. Had not for that Injury he would have added so many matches.

    Its a good Lineup to be honest. Lets see how we r gonna cop in the upcoming tough matches. Those who complain about specific players, Well no Coach can satisfy everyone.

  2. We need 2 squads, not one. Second squad should be send to La Paz immediately to get used to the height. If we play the same squad in Bombonera and La Paz, our team will run out of air early in the second half.
    Bielsa did it right during his era. Hopefully Scaloni, Ayala and Samuel learned from him.
    I expect 27-30 players to be called up.

  3. If you don’t call ROMERO for not having first team game experience how can with the same logic you include a shit player in PAREDES whose defensive contribution is a liability for the team’s composition.

    Scaloni repeating the same mistake .There are lots of good options in Argentina and Europe but this shit prevails .

    Why don’t they try MARCONE,GIMENEZ,CAPALDO ,EVEN LO CELSO in that position?

    Lautaro is in off form why not try ICARDI this time.

  4. 22 yr old robertone with a wonder goal for velez and 21 yr old maxi romero also scored an amazing goal in the end to seal velez path to copa libertadores .

    • Robertone is excellent, I was bewildered at his recent exclusion by Heinze (maybe be fitness issues?). I can’t wait to see him in the olympics.
      Heinze is out and I wonder what he’ll be doing next. I see alot of potential in his coaching ability, especially in his willingness to trust and promote the youth players, something that the primera needs to get into the habit of doing.

  5. former man city youngster 19 yr old bejamin garre was amazing for racing yesterday in the right wing his cross for the goal was really good i guess this is why man city took him at a young age. even 20 yr old tiago banega was good i believe for racing

    • i was just thinking this.
      his assist reminded me of a man city type play – stretch to byline and low cutback to danger area. i didn’t watch him that closely in his libertadores game but tonight i paid attention. i thought he would be more selfish being from man city and all that but i was quite surprised, shows good understanding of passing patterns, good at 1v1, gets stuck in tackles, decent decision making in final third etc. looking forward to see more of him. i think beccacece will be a good coach for him/wingers.

      • true he is under a really talented young coach beccacece who is really good in exploiting the hidden talents of youngsters like his work on the development of lisandro martinez .

    • All the Racing midfield was young and finally succesing over Mascherano and co. Young Banega is interesting player


    TEAMS – star young player

    WINNER: boca junior – agustin obando

    RUNNER UP: river plate – gonzalo montiel,martinez quarta

    3rd place: velez sarsfield – thiago almada

    4th place: racing club – matias zaracho

    (boca,river,velez and racing qualify for 2021 copa libertadores)

    5th place: argentinos juniors – fausto vera

    6th place: defensa y justicia – hector martinez

    7th place: lanus – lautaro valenti

    8th place: san lorenzo – julian palacios,marcelo herrera

    9th place:rosario central – joaquin pereyra

    the above teams qualify for copa sudamericana

    • agreed man they had a bunch of exciting young talents especially in midfield .really hard to see them lose their place like that but as you said maybe sudamerica is better suited i suppose

  7. Best man in form is Dybla in squad.Against Equador this should be our line up
    Montiel. Pezella. Otamendi. Tagliafico
    De paul. Paredes. Lo celso
    Dybla. Lautaro Martinez. Aguero.

  8. Only 1 should start between Otamendi and Pezzella, and should be partnered up with a new defender

  9. Battaglia’s absense has been missed dearly! He and Ascaibar should be given the responsibility of Def-Mid department and if Palacios fares well in his deep lying midfield role at Levekusen then he can replace Paredes who has been played out of position due to lack of proper player in that position. I am not saying Paredes needs to be booted out , he could be a very useful sub, like Essien was for Chelsea !

  10. Good squad; Scaloni have introduce this team since last Copa, the most important is 90% players were tune in with his playing style and well adopt with his system, The inclusion of Kannemen and Battaglia will be great.

    Although few players like Kun and Otamendi is showing decline but with the back up of Quarta and Pezzela along with Alario it’s just fine. Prefer Nacho than Enzo Perez. GK is still unsolved issue. Calling Romero for back up ought to be consider. And the rest of U-20 will be competing at Olympic Games. Best of Luck

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