World Cup Football Boots: Argentina
Fifa Ranking: 7
Road to the World Cup
Argentina’s path to the World Cup was up and down like Maradona’s weight watcher report. They finally got the golden ticket in the 84th-minute during their final qualifier against Uruguay.
Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.
Not a lot can be said about Lionel Messi that has been covered several times only. Although, whilst he has been in scintillating form at club level, he hasn’t quite hit the same form in the blue and white stripes. That said, there is no doubting his ability and he has the potential to carry Argentina through games on his own, much like his manager did!
Whilst Messi will be the main attacking threat, ‘Captain Mascherano’ will be responsible for thwarting the oppositions. Tidy on the ball and very combative, if he keeps away from suspensions he could help Argentina do very well in South Africa.
In Argentina, Maradona can do no wrong, he almost walks on water… However, the unbiased amongst you would question his tactical nous. Over the last 18 months Maradona has used over 10o different players in his squads, but has had to select just 23 for his World Cup squad, including five strikers ” Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín, Diego Milito, Carlos T©vez and Sergio Aguero each of which would walk into most other squads in the finals. With little managerial experience, his biggest asset will be his inspiration.