FIFA selects 16 Argentina national team icons


With Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, and Mario Kempes as the main figures, FIFA chose the most iconic players of the Argentine national team’s history, which did create some controversy among fans.

Releasing the picture through their social media channels, here were the 16 which were selected by FIFA:

First half, from left to right: Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Mario Alberto Kempes, Javier Mascherano, Gabriel Batistuta, Daniel Passarella, Claudio Paul Caniggia, and Angel Di Maria.

Second half, from left to right: Juan Román Riquelme, Ubaldo Fillol, Diego Simeone, Oscar Ruggeri, Javier Zanetti, Jorge Burruchaga, Hernán Crespo, and Sergio Agüero.

The absent players most requested by the fans were Fernando Redondo, Ariel Ortega, Juan Sebastian Veron, Jorge Valdano, Sergio Goycochea, and Carlos Tevez.

Alfredo Di Stefano, perhaps one of the top 10 players in history, was also, mistakenly, asked a lot by the people. The Real Madrid legend played very little for the national team, and he didn’t even play a World Cup for Argentina, in an unjust story mixed with politics and a lot of bad luck.

Oscar Ruggeri, the great defensive leader who was part of the World Cup winning squad in 1986 and the final of 1990, wrote through his Instragam account the following:

“It makes me very happy to see myself together with these great players, although I think there should be many more! I thank FIFA for choosing me among these legends of Argentina. Today I look at myself and say, ‘so much sacrifice was worth it.’ THANK YOU.”

Who would you have to liked to have seen included in this list of players?


  1. This is a disturbing situation. We all want to see our NT play. It will be really disappointing if the Copa is again postponed. But nothing is more important than any of the players health.

    This are tough times which we live in. Whereas the Rich UEFA will easily conduct the Euros. SMH…

  2. THE LIST;

    Goalkeepers : Armani, Emiliano Martínez, Esteban Andrada and Agustín Marchesin.

    Defenders : Montiel, Nahuel Molina, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Walter Kannemann, Nicolás Tagliafico, Nehuén Pérez and Lisandro Martínez, (Cristian Romero and José Luis Palomino as options).

    Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodríguez, Nicolás Domínguez, Giovani Lo Celso, Marcos Acuña, Ángel Di María, Lucas Ocampos and Roberto Pereyra

    Forwards : Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Lautaro Martínez, Nicolás González, Paulo Dybala and Joaquín Correa

  3. I think after a long time I am seeing a great attacking minded right back in the form of Nahuel Molina. I think he deserves that right back position the most for Argentina. I became very happy when I got to know from our other mundo friends that Walter Samuel was monitoring him. When Scaloni will declare our squad? Brazil announced their squad only for qualifiers. Does it mean that copa America may get postponed or delayed due to corona?

  4. I watched the end of the Basel game for Palacios when he got subbed on. And I am pretty impressed. Very good at passing and doing it quickly, especially forward thinking. He seems to be very intelligent as well. I like the Basel move. He is only 19 so it isn’t a waste of time at all and he will maybe get attention from other clubs in the next 3 years after cementing himself there.

  5. More attention needs to be paid to what csabalala said about Colombia. The River game against Junior a few days ago had to be stopped because of tear gas flying into the stadium from police. Im guessing the mineiro game was worse. Players had irritation in their eyes and had to stop to wash it out with water. NO WAY a Copa America can be played where there is such horrible social problems. If the players can’t play because of something like that it is very concerning. Also very different from the Covid situation in Argentina because in that case Conmebol and AFA have the ability to keep players safe and keep regulations, but the Colombia problem is much more out of their hands

  6. River lost several key players due to Covid against Boca — Diaz, Rojas, De La Cruz, Borre, Girotti, Zuculini — worst news ever for the superclasico, especially since its a knock out game. Cox, is there any chance for a suspension or will we have to play like this? Even Montiel is injured as well

    • this morning the rapid tests was positive. we will make again tests to confirm and if will be again positive then we will see which players will be available.
      the sure is that we will play as it is things now. Boca will not accept postpone of course and the only that can take one decition like that is AFA but is controled from Boca so i don t give a chance for that.

      the rapid tests is not so correct as pci tests for covid. i hope things will go well for us.
      we will see.

  7. Lautaro Martinez is so frkin inconsistent, in his last 8 Serie A games scored only 1 goal, against Sampdoria the 5th goal from penalty.

        • It is true he is inconsistent but unless the same happens with the NT I don’t think we should drop him. He provides a lot still with link up play and pressing. At least we have many other options if needed but I am sure his consistency will improve as he develops

    • He was so close to scoring a stunner today from the edge of box. He is just happy to remain a selfless team-player forever, it seems. He sacrifices a lot on the pitch. I really wish he was at least half as selfish as Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar though!

    • It’s really frustrating to see him like this….unless he is scoring goals for argentina I m okay. That’s why for us left winger should not be ocampos. We need someone with some quality in the final third there. I think we have enough energy these days. I hope Nico Gonzalez recovers soon.

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