Champions League draw: 25 Argentina players involved


With the Champions League draw completed, we now know the opponents for all 25 Argentine players taking part in the tournament this season.

There is a total of 25 Argentine players in the 2023-2024 Champions League season, with Sevilla having five players signed to the club. Group B has the most Argentine representatives with seven of them.

From the 25 players, 10 of them have won the World Cup. And from those 25 players, 10 of them have been called up to the Argentina national team for the September World Cup qualifying matches.

For the first time since the 2003-2004 season, a Champions League season does not include Lionel Messi.

Julián Álvarez and Máximo Perrone are the last two Argentine players to lift the trophy. Álvarez will look to defend it while Perrone is presently on loan at Las Palmas.

The draw took place on Thursday and here are the names of all the Argentine players taking part in this year’s tournament:

Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United)
Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)
Mauro Icardi (Galatasaray)
Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
Federico Gattoni (Sevilla)
Erik Lamela (Sevilla)
Marcos Acuña (Sevilla)
Papu Gómez (Sevilla)
Walter Benítez (PSV)
Facundo Medina (RC Lens)
Giovanni Simeone (Napoli)
Ángel Di María (Benfica)
Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
Lautaro Martínez (Inter)
Nicolás Capaldo (RB Salzburg)
Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid)
Taty Castellanos (Lazio)
Alexandro Bernabei (Celtic)
Luka Romero (AC Milan)
Marco Pellegrino (AC Milan)
Julián Álvarez (Manchester City)
Alex Vigo (Red Star Belgrade)
Alan Varela (FC Porto)

Here is the draw for this season’s Champions League:

Group A:
Bayern Munich
Manchester United: Lisandro Martínez, Alejandro Garnacho
FC Copenhagen
Galatasaray: Mauro Icardi

Group B:
Sevilla: Lucas Ocampos, Federico Gattoni, Erik Lamela, Marcos Acuña and Papu Gómez
PSV: Walter Benítez
RC Lens: Facundo Medina

Group C:
Napoli: Giovanni Simeone
Real Madrid
SC Braga
Union Berlin

Group D:
Benfica: Ángel Di María and Nicolás Otamendi
Inter: Lautaro Martínez
RB Salzburg: Nicolás Capaldo
Real Sociedad

Group E:
Atletico Madrid: Rodrigo De Paul, Ángel Correa and Nahuel Molina
Lazio: Taty Castellanos
Celtic: Alexandro Bernabei

Group F:
Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan: Luka Romero and Marco Pellegrino

Group G:
Manchester City: Julián Álvarez
RB Leipzig
Red Star Belgrade: Alex Vigo
Young Boys

Group H:
FC Barcelona
FC Porto: Alan Varela
Shakhtar Donetsk
Royal Antwerp


  1. The obvious missing name is Capo dei capi, when was the last time his name wasn’t included.
    Maybe some of you have gotten tired of but I still have to pinch myself to make sure that ARGENTINA ARE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS and it will never get old.
    ARG won the last legit WC before FIFA decided to mess up the tournament permanently with the new rules and added countries.
    Messi is happy where he is and that’s the only thing that matters after completing football.

  2. Nico gonzalez put fiorentina through to conference league single handly, Beltran looks good, I’m glad scaloni called him up to the nt before Italy snach him.

  3. I like the list, smart of Scaloni too call up Beltran after Italy rumors and Zapelli as well, who is a talented player but isn’t even a starter for Paranaense yet and is now going to train with world champions, that decision seems even more based on trying to convince him to stay with us in the future. I’m also surprised about Esquivel, I vaguely remember him from Union a few months ago as one of their better players despite the fact they were last in the league at one point and I think there were rumors of larger clubs in Argentina wanting him until he finally went to Brazil. I had completely forgotten about him and had to check who he was. A bit of an odd call up but he obviously won’t play and it’s just Scaloni’s scouting and focus on young players so I don’t see anything wrong with it.

    What I can’t understand for the life of me is Armani. He has been very poor this year, is 36, and I would simultaneously be shocked and not surprised if Scaloni keeps insisting until the Copa America. Since he won’t play I don’t understand why we can’t give the space to a young goalkeeper to train and think about the post Dibu era. I wasn’t against it for the World Cup because he wasn’t going to play and it could have been useful to have a goalkeeper with prior WC experience but we should just pass the torch now. His form has been so poor this year that as I am writing this it just struck me that it might be a positive for me because for a game or two we might play the second goalkeeper Centurion at River.

    • Esquivel is likely called to see how he looks in training. Acuna is injured and both him and Tagliafico are slowly aging and we don’t have much depth in LB position. So I think the coaching staff probably want to take a closer look at Esquivel. I think Barco might have been called instead if he was not injured. Scaloni already tried Medina at LB and did not like what he saw and also one of Elche LBs, don’t remember which one now who probably did not impress either.

      • Ah I see, that seems smart then. I’ve been worried for a while on the future of the DM role which I am not anymore and the LB position which still seems dry. I think the Elche left back was Lautaro Blanco who was one of the best LB’s in the Argentinian league at one point but is now on the bench in the Spanish 2nd division. Seems that Scaloni is poking around then. Let’s hope that Barco can be a future replacement but I have concerns about his defensive skills, maybe three at the back might be useful so he can push up where he is much better

    • Valentine Barco, Julain Aude, Gaston Avilla, Mercau, Bernabei, Franco Carboni, Esquivel..
      Hopefully at least 2 of them will be turned into world class LB before the next WC begins. We really need that..!

      • Yep, we just need luck with a couple of them. I actually feel confident about Avila maturing into a good option soon whereas I’m just crossing my fingers for the others but I know he’s more of a CB so will probably be a more defensive LB

  4. PSG and Mbappe are going to crash out from the group stage! Mbappe better leave to Madrid right now while the market is still open!

    • That’s what I thought the second of reading their group, and I am very happy about it too. It happened with Benfica and a poor Juventus, imagine now with prior semifinalists, one of the hottest teams in the PL, and the nearly German champions

    • For Correa I think it was about time, we have Beltran, Simeone and even Veliz who could occupy that #3 spot in the coming years. Papu makes sense at this point in terms of the fact that we should be looking at this as a project to build towards the next Copa and WC but I’m sure that the real reason is whatever happened six months ago. Someday we’ll find out what it was, but it was sad

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