Argentina Football Team (FC) took the hard way to qualify for the World cup finals. They needed to win the final group game against Ecuador to be sure of a place, and things didn’t start well when they went down by a goal in the first few minutes of the game. It yet again took the magic of their captain Lionel Messi who scored a hattrick, to take them to Russia. In a campaign to forget, they had three managers and lost embarrassingly to Paraguay, Ecuador, and Brazil at home and managed to muster only seven wins from their 18 games played.

Another horrible statistic showed that only Bolivia had fewer goals than Argentina Foot, a country that is blessed with attacking talent with the likes of Aguero and Higuaín and arguably the greatest player in the world in the form of their captain, Lionel Messi. And the Barcelona forward will yet again shoulder the burden of an expecting nation in Russia.

Player to Watch Out: 

Lionel Messi

For many, He is the greatest Football player to ever play the game and a world cup winner’s medal will only strengthen their case. After another great season with Barcelona, the great man will be desperate to fill his international trophy cabinet, but the question is can he do it all by himself? If he does, it would surely be his greatest ever achievement and might even propel him to the top of the list of the greatest players in the world. 

FIFA world ranking: 5

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli

Captain: Lionel Messi

Nickname: La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)

World Cup history: Qualified 17 times (1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978*, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
*Qualified as hosts

Best World Cup result: Winners (1978, 1986)

TAB odds: 9-1

Prediction:

Argentina Football Team should make the quarterfinals easily but their dependence on Messi to get them out of every troubling situation makes it seem like they won’t go any further in the tournament. But the fact of the matter is, nothing is impossible when you have a man called Lionel Messi leading your team out onto the pitch. 

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