Making an all-time Argentina XI, poses a real challenge. The thing is, many great Argentinian footballers either they never played for their country or either they didn't put their greatest of performances when playing for in their nation's kit.
So you have to make a choice. Either you make an XI out of the players that were consistent, reliable and won trophies with their country, or either you make one out the most talented Argentinians to ever play.
I absolutely choose the latter of the two options:
Goalkeeper: Amadeo Carizzo
Argentina is not famous for producing great shot-stoppers, but they did gave us Amadeo Carizzo.
Said to be the first goalkeeper to popularise the use gloves and the first one to consistently leave his penalty area to intercept attacks, Carizzo was voted in the top ten goalkeepers of the 20th century.
Right-Back: Javier Zanetti
One of the most consistent footballers to ever play the game; from his haircut to his playing style, Zanetti is the same great player now at 40 that he was 15 years ago.
A tireless, versatile full-back with great leadership skills, heart and unfaltering control of the ball, he is the all-time most capped Argentinian, making a great 145.
Centre-Back: Oscar Ruggeri
A battle between him and Roberto Ayala. Ayala was more successful in Europe and has more caps, but he was not so great when under pressure, making big mistakes in some major tournaments.
Ruggeri, though, was more consistent and successful with his country, winning the 1986 World Cup and and being a runner-up in the next one in 1990. He makes the cut.
Centre-Back: Daniel Passarella
Easily the greatest of all the Argentinian defenders, El Gran Capitan was one of the most complete sweepers of his time.
A great tackler with good awareness and also a great scorer for a defender, having scored 162 goals in his career. Captain and star of the 1978 team that lifted the World Cup title.
Left-Back: Silvio Marzolini
An example of a very talented Argentinian player that has won a very small amount of caps, making only 28 appearances for La Albiceleste.
An absolute icon for Boca Junior's fans, as he rejected teams like Real Madrid and AC Milan in the late '60s, just to stay at La Bombonera. One of the best left-wingbacks of his day.
Defensive-Midfielder: Fernando Redondo
Has there ever been a defensive-midfielder of such elegance and ball-playing technique? His career was marred by injuries, but his good days at Real Madrid left the fans unforgettable memories of a player who led the midfield, dribbled and controlled the ball with such grace that made it seem an easy thing to do.
He never really managed to show his great skills for his country, as coach Daniel Passarella ridiculously left him out of the 1994 World Cup squad because he refused to cut his long hair.
Defensive-Midfielder: Esteban Cambiasso
Being the Argentine footballer with the most honours in history, Esteban Matias Cambiasso has truly been the heartbeat at Argentina's midfield for many years.
A player with a high work-rate, great at defending and with a talent of calming the midfield when necessary.
Attacking-Midfielder: Diego Maradona
The highly controversial Diego Armando Maradona is the greatest player that has ever set foot on a football field.
Easily the most unstoppable player of all-time when with the ball on his feet, he is the only footballer in history who single handedly won a World Cup for his nation.
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Attacking-Midfielder: Alfredo Di Stefano
Di Stefano played a whole of six games for his country. He is in fact though, one of the greatest footballers that ever lived. He cannot miss out on this XI.
His name is synonymous with the success and legacy of the Spanish giants, Real Madrid. He was the absolute star in the great mid '50s Madrid, the most successful side in the history of European football. Di Stefano was a striker, but he was frequently the one who would set-up attacks from midfield and would finish most of them himself, successfully.
Centre-Forward: Lionel Messi
He certainly is not as loved in Argentina as he is in Barcelona; while wearing Albiceleste's colours, he has achieved absolutely nothing.
Still, it is impossible to leave this little magician out. He is the absolute reason for the incredible success that Barcelona has enjoyed the past few years - and is widely considered as the best footballer in the world right now. Messi can dribble, make plays and draw multiple defenders to free up space for his teammates - and then get back the ball and calmly slot home the finish.
Centre-Forward: Gabriel Batistuta
What a striker Batistuta was; in his prime while at Fiorentina, he was one of the most feared forwards in the world.
Batigol used his physique, powerful shot and deadly attacking instincts to be one of the most prolific scorers of his time. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Argentina, with 56 goals in 78 appearances.
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