Over the next 16 weeks we will be previewing two teams a week, as we look forward to the greatest 5 weeks that football has to offer.
How they got there
Third in the South American qualifying group.
Best World Cup performance
Winners 1978, 1986
Group D matches
Argentina vs Iceland -16th June, Spartak Stadium
Argentina vs Croatia – 21st June, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nigeria vs Argentina – 26th June, Saint Petersburg Stadium
One to watch – Lionel Messi
Of course we are going to say the greatest player that has ever lived. After a very brief retirement from international football, Messi drove his team to qualification from what looked like an impossoble position.
With Cristiano Ronaldo now having an international winners medal around his neck, the pressure is now on Messi to finally win big on the international stage.
Reasons to worry – Everyone else
Despite the amount of talent going forward, Argentina are still heavily reliant on Messi. In qualifying they managed just 19 goals in 18 games, of which 7 were scored by Messi.
For this team to stand a chance of winning in Russia, then he will need some help from the likes of Aguero, Di Maria and Higuain.
Quarter final loss to Spain.