Argentina’s historic eleven ideal in World Cups

Argentina's historic eleven ideal in World Cups

Argentina is the hotbed of great footballers. It is enough to review just a couple of names, such as Maradona and Messi. Along the history many figures wore the shirt of the National Team and put together the ideal team in World Cups always tempting although it is not a simple task. Below we review the names of footballers who, due to their performance and career, have deserved a place in the 11th ideal of the Argentine National Team.

El Pato was one of the best archers in Argentine football. Safe to go out to cut centers and with huge reflections under the three suits. He was consecrated in the 1978 World Cup, playing in Argentina, where he was one of the pillars of the team that won its first World Cup. He was present in three World Cups, 1974, 1978 and 1982, playing 58 matches with the National Team (13 of them in World Cups). He made his debut in Quilmes, and wore the colors of Racing and River, where he won seven titles.

He is the third player with the most appearances in the National Team, where he played a total of 145 games. He also participated in two World Cups: France 1998 and Korea-Japan 2002. He emerged from Climbing Remedies Workshops, became known in Banfield and from there he went to Inter of Italy, where he was no less than 19 seasons. There he is one of the great idols in the history of the club. El Pupi was a player who, in addition to being strong in the brand, had a huge offensive vocation and remarkable physical strength.

The Marshal marked an era of Argentine soccer. He was for many, one of the best centers in Argentine football. With the Argentine National Team he played 37 games and played the World Cups in England 1966 and Germany 1974. He could not be in Mexico 1970, where Argentina did not qualify. He played in Racing, Cruzeiro and River. He imposed respect, with his presence, he dominated the area like few others: he was a timekeeper but also, he marked the opponents harshly. A complete central.

El Gran Capitán, one of the strongholds of the world champion team in Argentina 1978. At the age of 25, he was the great benchmark in defense that won the first World Cup for the albiceleste. Pure personality, he was a gladiator in his own area and in that of the rival: he scored 99 goals in his entire career, many from free kick, penalty kick and header, another of his strengths. He played in Napoli and Fiorentina, but stood out in River Plate, where he was champion as a player, as a coach and became president. He played, in addition to the 1978 World Cup, in Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986, where an intoxication did not allow him to be on the field. He is the only Argentine footballer who won two World Cups.

Juampi Sorin marked a stage in the Argentine National Team, both in the youth team of José Pekerman and in the Senior National Team, where he played two World Cups, in Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, where he was captain. A left-back with a lot of projection, journey and very good technique, virtues that made him shine in no less than Cruzeiro in Brazil, a country where the best full-backs in the world surely came from. With the albicelste he played 72 games and scored 11 goals.

He is the second player with the most presence in the Argentine National Team, behind Lionel Messi. El Jefecito was a flag of the national team for his dedication and commitment in the middle of the field. He played four World Cups (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018), and was runner-up in Brazil, being the great figure and emblem of the team. With the senior team he played 147 games.

Cholo Simeone is undoubtedly a benchmark of the Argentine National Team, where he played between 1988 and 2002. He played three World Cups (United States 1994, France 1998 and Korea-Japan 2002) and added a total of 106 matches, scoring 11 goals. He won the 1991 and 1993 Copa América, with Coco Basile as coach. As a footballer he was a driving midfielder, back and forth, arriving at the rival goal, and above all with a lot of personality and leadership. Representing the national team, he patented the phrase “you have to play with the knife between your teeth.”

For many, the best player of all time. Pelusa debuted with the albiceleste in 1977 by the hand of César Luis Menotti, he became world champion with Carlos Salvador Bilardo in 1986, runner-up in Italy 1990 and said goodbye to the national team in the 1994 World Cup, when according to his own words, they cut him off the legs. On the 10th he played four World Cups, and in 1986 he became champion, marking the way with memorable moves and goals. There he touched the sky with his hands, with so many that remained in the history of football as “the goal of the century” that marked England.

El Matador was one of the great figures who over the years wore the National Team’s jacket. He was part of the champion team in the first World Cup that Argentina won, in 1978, where he was the top scorer of the tournament: as a finishing touch, he scored two of the three goals in the final that the Albiceleste beat the Netherlands 3 to 1. He played three World Cups, Germany 1974, Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982. As a player he was not a classic nine, he liked to throw himself back and be in contact with the ball. With Argentina he played 43 games and scored 20 goals.

For many, the best player in the world, a title he disputes with Pelé and Maradona, Lionel Messi is synonymous with the Argentine national team. He is the footballer who played the most games with the albicelste (158) and the one who scored the most goals (80). He played the World Cups in Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, and became runner-up in Brazil after losing the final with Germany. In addition, after a long drought without titles, he had the pleasure of celebrating the first championship with the national team by winning the Copa América 2021, after defeating the local Brazil in no less than the Maracana.

Batigol was one of the great scorers of the National Team. For several years he was the top scorer of the national team, with 56 goals in 78 games, until he was surpassed by Lionel Messi. He played the World Cup in the United States 1994, France 1998 and Korea Japan 2002. He also achieved two Copa América, in 1991 and 1993. El Bati was a lethal scorer, with a tremendous shot from mid-range and enviable physical strength. In World Cups he scored 10 goals in 12 games, and in Copa América he has a record of 13 conquests in 16 games. A true animal of the area.

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