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2014 FIFA World Cup - The teams qualified so far

Can Messi work his magic for Argentina? (©GettyImages)
Can Messi work his magic for Argentina? (©GettyImages).

Argentina - CONEMBOL

World Cup Appearance: 16th

Best Performance: Winners (1978, 1986)

Key Players: Lionel Messi, Fernando Gago, Gonzalo Higuain

With a 5-2 thumping of Paraguay this week, Argentina are now assured of a place at the 2014 World Cup.

Needing only a point from their remaining three games, they wrapped it up in style and can now relax and start preparing for their trip across the border next year.

A team containing some of the world's greatest players and one of the greatest of all time in Lionel Messi, will have a great sense of pressure over them as they try to bring back the success they once had.

Messi will be the key man, never impressing massively on the world's greatest stage, he has a lot to prove but it'll be fellow striker Gonzalo Higuain who'll be looked towards just as much. The two combined to account for 19 of Argentina's 30 goals in qualifying.

Ex-Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago has been a key piece for Argentina and anchor up the midfield.

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