100 Players Who Left Their Mark On The Argentine Team: It is not a ranking, it is a recognition of a lot of cracks that the Argentine team had. There are several Cordoba. And yes, in M there is a lot of magic.
here they are, these are. The soccer players who made a name for themselves in the Argentine national team throughout history. And yes, there is no shortage of Cordoba among such emblematic talent.
100 Players Who Left Their Mark On The Argentine Team:
He debuted in the senior team on September 3, 2006, facing the Brazilian team in London (he entered for Carlos Tevez 20 minutes into the second half). Since then, he played 97 games with the albiceleste (62 as a starter) and scored 42 goals. He played three World Cups, is the third top scorer in history (second only to Messi and Batistuta) and, along with Oscar Ruggeri, the seventh in attendance.
AIMAR, Pablo César
The riocuartense participated in 52 games and scored eight goals with the national team, over 10 years, and represented Argentine football in two editions of the World Cup. Also in two America’s Cup (joined the runner-up team in 2007) and a Confederations Cup, in which he was also runner-up in 2005. Supreme quality at the service of the albiceleste.
ALBRECHT, José Rafael
The Tucuman was a leader, in San Lorenzo and in the national team. A defender who won in both areas, solid in the brand and with a lot of sense to anticipate. It disputed the World-wide ones of 1962 and 1966. In this last one, it was expelled before Federal Germany and it could not play before Switzerland, but it returned to be between the 11 in the game against England. For the National Team, he played 39 games between 1961 and 1969 and scored three goals.
ALMEYDA, Matías Jesús
containment riot, but with play. He was international with the Argentina National Team on 41 occasions, including the World Cup France 1998 and Korea-Japan 2002. He also participated in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, in which he won the silver medal. Member of a generation of very good soccer players who, however, did not get titles.
ANGELILLO, Antonio Valentín
In official tournaments, he played 11 matches for the Argentina National Team and scored 11 goals. Yes, an average of one per game. He joined the champion team of the 1957 South American Championship, in which he scored eight goals.
In that contest disputed in Lima, he formed the famous Argentine forward nicknamed “Los Carasucias”, along with Omar Sívori and Humberto Maschio. After that tournament, the three were transferred to different Italian teams.
ARDILES, Osvaldo César
Until the 1978 World Cup, it was resisted. In Buenos Aires, he preferred Juan José López in his position. But César Luis Menotti backed the Cordovan and was one of the best players in that World Cup. Fine, with great vision and distributor of the game.
Champion in 1978, he also joined the Albiceleste team in Spain in 1982. He played 63 matches and scored eight goals for the national team. From the Institute to the world.
It had an enormous capacity for definition. Handsome, born and invincible winner. His numbers with the Albiceleste shirt demonstrate this: 25 games played and 24 goals scored, the best average of all. Argentina won 15 of those matches and only lost four.
Key piece of the team that played the World Cup in England in 1966, in which he scored two goals for Spain and another for Switzerland. Scorer of the Copa América in Uruguay in 1967.
AYALA, Roberto Fabián
A defender of extraordinary technique, with good aerial play and personality. He participated in 10 official competitions with the National Team between 1994 and 2007, during which time he was also captain.
He played 116 matches, including three World Cups, and scored seven goals. In addition, he won Olympic gold at the 2004 Athens Games. The idol of Valencia, with which he won four titles in seven seasons.
AYALA, Rubén Hugo
A fantastic striker, international with the Argentina National Team on 25 occasions and author of 11 goals; among them, the five that he made the qualifying rounds to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.
He was the scorer of that qualifying round and had a consecratory performance. In the German Cup, he scored against Haiti, for a 4–1 win. He went from San Lorenzo to Atlético de Madrid, where he established himself as an idol and figure.
BALBO, Abel Eduardo
He was part of the Argentine squad in three World Cups and two Copa America. His image was beaten after 0–1 against Cameroon, in Italy ’90. But later, with both Alfio Basile and Daniel Passarella, he emerged as the powerful striker with a nose for goal who triumphed in Italian football. He made a great duo with Batistuta. In total, he played 36 games and scored 10 goals for the National Team.
BATISTA, Sergio Daniel
Central steering wheel with remove and distribution. He debuted on November 14, 1985, in Los Angeles, in a friendly against Mexico. In the selection, he would play 39 games, without goals. In Mexico 1986 champion was established, always playing as a starter.
He also played in the 1987 and 1989 American Cups. In Italy 1990 he played four games and was runner-up. “Checho” was also crack in Argentinos Juniors and River.
BATISTUTA, Gabriel Omar
Until Lionel Messi appeared, he was the greatest historical scorer of the National Team: 56 goals in 78 games. It burst in 1991 and did not stop anymore. Scorer of the Copa America that year (six goals) and also the champion in 1993 (three other decisive conquests).
In World Cups, he remains the top scorer in the Albiceleste: he converted 10 goals in 12 games corresponding to 1994, 1998 and 2002 competitions.
BERTONI, Ricardo Daniel
He played two World Cups and was a figure in both. Champion in 1978 and author of the third goal in the final against the Netherlands, to secure the title. Sometime before, he had revealed that he dreamed of scoring a goal in the final.
He also more than met in Spain in 1982, despite the opaque performance of the Argentine team. In total, he played 31 matches in the national team and scored 12 goals. Independent idol, he also broke it in Seville, Fiorentina, and Napoli.
BIGLIA, Lucas Rodrigo
Between 2011 and 2018, he participated in 58 games and scored a goal in the senior team. He was cited by Alejandro Sabella for the 2014 World Cup, in which he played all seven games, starting as a substitute and later becoming the undisputed starter of the world runner-up.
At the 2018 World Cup, an injury in the first game left him out of the competition. A sober and sometimes little-recognized player.
BOYÉ, Mario Emilio
A curious case of the famous striker who passed through Boca and Racing. He debuted in a match against Ecuador on January 31, 1945 (Argentina won 4–2) and played just 14 games for the national team, in which he scored six goals; but he won the South Americans in 1945, 1946 and 1947. He scored the goal at Wembley, on May 9, 1951, in the 2–1 defeat that represented the first visit to the English.
BRINDISI, Miguel Ángel
In 1969, at just 19 years old, he was called to join the Argentina National Team that was preparing for the 1970 World Cup qualifying in Mexico. His dream of playing the World Cup was cut short due to the elimination provided by Peru.
But Miguel went for the rematch: he chose to stay in the country, despite the offers and was an important part of the process that followed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup in Germany. He played 46 games and scored 17 goals with the albiceleste.
BROWN, José Luis
One of the greatest symbols in the history of the National Team. Silent reference of the champion team in 1986, in which he had to replace Daniel Passarella. To close what was a brilliant tournament, he scored the goal that opened the way to victory in the final against Germany.
It was his only goal in 36 games with the national team. With a badly hurt shoulder, he made a hole in the shirt to support his arm and continued playing.
BURRUCHAGA, Jorge Luis
He played two World Cup finals and, in the first one, scored the decisive goal. His run against Federal Germany will remain forever in the retinas and in everyone’s heart.
Symbol of the Carlos Bilardo cycle, he played 59 matches for the National Team and scored 13 goals. Polyfunctional player if any: he was a creative midfielder, defining striker and even an occasion defender. A technical wealth out of the ordinary.
CAMBIASSO, Esteban Matías
International with the largest team since 2000, he played 52 matches with Argentina and started in the 2006 World Cup. He also joined the squad in the 2005 Confederations Cup and in the 2007 and 2011 Copa América editions.
He converted four goals and one of them It was historic: On June 16, 2006, he capped a 24-pass play to score Argentina’s second goal in a 6–0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro.
CANIGGIA, Claudio Paul
His performance in the Selection was always superlative. So people asked for it over and over again. Few as fast as he and none as thinking about that speed. He was Maradona’s ideal partner in Italy 1990, scoring two of the most memorable goals in Albiceleste history: Brazil and Italy.
Also in 1994, he was on his way to becoming a figure. Without Diego, he also showed off: he was the figure of the selected champion of the 1991 Copa América in Chile.
CARRASCOSA, Jorge Omar
An atypical case. He was chosen by César Menotti to be the captain of Argentina in the 1978 World Cup. But the defender, a figure of Rosario Central and Huracán, who defended the Albiceleste jersey in 30 games, gave up continuing in the national team just before the final list.
That was the most commented, “no” in the history of Argentine soccer Years later, “el Lobo” confessed that he was “fed up” with soccer’s coping with and environment.
CARRIZO, Amadeo Raúl
For many, the best archer in history. He defended the countrywide team goal between 1954 and 1964. After the failure inside the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, he received the Nations Cup performed in Brazil in 1964, wherein the saved the fence unbeaten against groups of the size of Portugal, England, and Brazil, at that point global champion.
CHAMOT, José Antonio
A tip marker of a lot of categories. He needed to debut inside the playoff against Australia, on October 31, 1993, as a visitor (1–1). For 9 years, he was regularly summoned.
It disputed the World-huge ones of the United States 1994, France 1998 and Korea / Japan 2002. Silver medal in Games of Atlanta 1996 and runner-up of the Glass of the Confederations 1995. In total, it disputed 42 parties and turned two goals for Argentina.
CORBATTA, Oreste Omar
El Loco played 43 matches within the National Team between 1956 and 1961, wherein he scored 18 goals (three in 3 matches in the 1958 World Cup). He was a member of the South American champion team of 1957 and 1959.
On October 20, 1957, on the Boca pitch, he scored an anthological goal for Chile that led him to the cover of Life magazine. That day Argentina thrashed 4–0 in the playoffs.
CRESPO, Hernán Jorge
A huge scorer, who took away the fact of being contemporary to Batistuta. The decision of Marcelo Bielsa not to make them play together motivated one of the most remembered controversies of the Selection. However, he scored 35 goals (19 of them in qualifying rounds) in 64 matches with the Argentine national team. He participated in three World Cups and was the runner-up of the Copa América de Venezuela in 2007.
CUCIUFFO, José LuisWhen he was called up for the first time by Bilardo, it wasn’t long before the 1986 World Cup. He saw the first game, against South Korea, from the bench. But, later, he replaced Néstor Clausen and did not leave more than 11.
Notable World Cup defender who emerged from Hurricane La France neighborhood went through Talleres, Vélez, Boca, French football and retired in Belgrano. It disputed a total of 21 parties in the Selection between 1985 and 1989.
DE LA MATA, Vicente
“Capote” was one of those figures who had to play in time without World Cups, for the Second World War. Independiente Crack only played 13 games with the albiceleste.
However, he was a decisive figure for the national team that prevailed in the South American competitions of 1937 (with just 19 years old, he scored two goals in the final match against Brazil) in our country, 1945 in Chile and 1946, again in Argentina.
DELLACHA, Pedro Rodolfo
They say he was impassable from underneath and a very good header, despite not being tall. He played 35 times for the Argentina national team between 1953 and 1958; including three editions of America’s Cup, of which he was champion in two: in 1955 and 1957.
In the latter he was the team captain, earning him the Gold Olympia award for his role in the victory. He additionally played within the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
DOMÍNGUEZ, Rogelio Antonio
He defended the goal of the National Team for 12 years, in a total of 58 games, participating in the Copa América 1957 (where he finished champion) and in the 1962 World Cup in Chile.
He was also champion with his team in the 1951 Pan American Games. After the South American title, Real Madrid won the bid against Barcelona and signed him as their goalkeeper.
DI MARÍA, Ángel Fabián
He made his debut on September 6, 2008, against Paraguay, in the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Since then and until 2019, beyond the intermittencies due to injuries, he was called every year and by different coaches.
He played three World Cups and a total of 102 games with the Albiceleste shirt, converting 20 goals and giving 25 assists. Underrated in Argentina, he is a figure of world football.
DI STÉFANO, Alfredo Stéfano
An extraordinary footballer who, however, played very little for the National Team (he also played for Colombia and Spain) and who never played in a World Cup (in 1950 he was at his best, but Argentina decided not to participate).
He deserves to be on this list for his notable participation in the 1947 South American title in which he scored six goals, including a hat-trick for Colombia, which helped the team to retain the title.
ENRIQUE, Héctor Adolfo
A case similar to that of Cuciuffo and that of the “Basque” Olarticoechea: he entered through the window on the list of those summoned to the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and ended up being the starter, world champion and showing a very high level.
A complete midfielder, generous in deployment and with very good ball handling. He played just 11 games in the national team, but they were enough. He can boast of having given Maradona the last pass before the “goal of the century”.
FERREIRA, Manuel “Nolo”
He can be considered a figure of amateurism, but his participation as captain of the runner-up team in the first World Cup validates his presence. He came from getting the South American titles and the silver medal at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
Owner of a record with the national team: he scored eight goals in five consecutive games. In total, he played 21 matches and scored 11 goals for Argentina.
FILLOL, Ubaldo Matildo
“El Pato” debuted for Argentina on July 3, 1974, against East Germany, for the World Cup. In 1978 he was champion in the contest played in our country, in which he was chosen as the best goalkeeper and contained a decisive penalty for the Polish Deyna.
He was also a starter in Spain in 1982 and in all the qualifying matches for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, although he would not be called by Bilardo in the end.
GAGO, Fernando Rubén
Absolute international with the National Team from 2007 to 2017. 2007 Copa América runner-up played in Venezuela, after losing the final to Brazil. In 2008, he was crowned champion at the Beijing Olympics, starting in almost all matches.
After his striking absence in South Africa 2010, he was runner-up in Brazil 2014, participating in six of Argentina’s seven matches.
GALLEGO, Américo Rubén
Heart, display, remove and good game panorama, in addition to a strong personality. It was a relief wheel for all his companions. Between 1975 and 1982, he practically did not miss a call by César Luis Menotti.
In that period, the midfielder born in Morteros played 73 games with the National Team and scored three goals. He was a topped world champion in 1978.
GALVÁN, Luis Adolfo
Workshops symbol. He played his first international match for Argentina in 1975. The maximum consecration of his career came in 1978 when he was the starter and figure of the world champion team. In the final against the Netherlands, he played a perfect match and the magazine El Gráfico scored it with a 10.
He was also selected to play in Spain in 1982. He retired from the international scene in 1983, at the age of 35. In total, he played 34 games for Argentina.
GARAY, Ezequiel Marcelo
The Rosario defender made his national team debut on August 23, 2007, in a friendly against Norway. In 2008 he was part of the champion team of the Beijing Olympic Games. He also contested the America Cups in 2011 and 2015.
But the recognition of all would come in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, becoming one of the defensive bastions of the world runner-up team. Today it is part of the Valencia squad.
Tremendous gambeteador. “The Poet of the left”, “the Magician”, “the Sarmiento of soccer”, “the Unstoppable” are many of the nicknames that he had, but only one was synonymous with his own name: “El Chico”.
He wore the Argentina National Team jersey 35 times between 1935 and 1943. With it, he scored nine goals and won the Copa América twice, in 1937 and 1941. An idol of Rosario Central and Racing Club.
GIUSTI, Ricardo Omar
He played all the games of the 1986 World Cup as a starter without being replaced in any. For Bilardo it was indisputable. Champion was consecrated. His second World Cup was Italy 1990.
He was not in the first two games, but then played the following four until the semifinal against Italy, in which he was sent off, which prevented him from playing the final against Germany. Altogether, it disputed 51 parties in the Selection between 1983 and 1990.
GOYCOCHEA, Sergio Javier
He became a celebrity for his ability to tackle penalties, of which the four he caught in Italy 1990 during the definitions against Yugoslavia (2) and Italy (2) are especially remembered to lead Argentina to the final.
He won the 1991 and 1993 Copa América. In the latter, he saved key penalties in the definitions against Brazil in the quarterfinals and against Colombia in the semifinal and was chosen as the best player in the tournament.
One of the greatest idols of Argentine soccer of all time. In the National Team, he played just 21 games and scored eight goals, but only one projected him to the legend: the one that marked the English, from a very closed angle, on May 14, 1953, on the River court.
Argentina won 3 to 1. The significance of that “impossible goal” was so great that, in its tribute, Soccer Player’s Day was instituted on that date.
HEINZE, Gabriel Iván
His debut in the senior team occurred on April 30, 2003, in a match against Libya, in which Argentina won 3–1. World Cup in 2006 and 2010, he was runner-up in America in the 2004 and 2007 editions; and also second in the Confederations Cup 2005.
He played 76 games with the Argentina shirt and scored four goals. The most remembered: from “popcorn” to Nigeria, for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
HIGUAÍN, Gonzalo Gerardo
El Pipita changed into very marked by the wasted scoring situations inside the 2014 World Cup finals and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America. However, his level was always high and he scored important goals, such as the one that scored Belgium in Brazil 2014, which allowed a 24-year streak to be cut without exceeding the World Cup quarterfinals. With 32 goals in 75 games, he is sixth in the table of highest historical gunners.
HOUSEMAN, René Orlando
An extraordinary pointer, considered by many to be “the last wing”. Corbatta’s successor and comparable to Garrincha. With a pasture soul, his brilliance in the national team started in the 1974 World Cup in Germany, when he scored a great goal for Italy, which surprised the world. He was crowned champion in Argentina 1978.
He played 55 games with the Albiceleste shirt and scored 13 goals, between 1973 and 1979.
KEMPES, Mario Alberto
He was much more than the scorer and the best player in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. He was potentially unstoppable. Author of two goals in the final against the Netherlands and two other doubles: against Poland and Peru.
Against the Poles, he prevented with his hand a goal that complicated us and, later, Fillol would save Deyna’s penalty. He also played the 1974 World Cups in Germany and 1982 in Spain. Pride of Bell Ville and Institute.
LABRUNA, Ángel Amadeo
An extraordinary striker. He was a regular member of the National Team, with which he obtained the titles in Guayaquil 1946 and Lima 1955, although in the latter as a substitute for Enrique Omar Sívori.
When Argentina returned to the world stage, in Sweden 1958, there was also “Angelito”, at 39, to endure a failure that made history. Between 1942 and 1958, he was international for Argentina in 37 matches, in which he scored 17 goals.
LAVEZZI, Ezequiel Iván
He had his first great appearance at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. At that event, Argentina took gold and “Pocho” had great performances. Key piece in the 2014 World Cup runner-up team.
His last two competitions with the national team were the Copa América 2015 and the Copa América Centenario 2016, both closed with defeats against Chile in the definition by penalties. He played 62 games and converted 12 goals for the National Team.
LÓPEZ, Claudio Javier
“El Piojo” was an important piece of the national team in the cycles of Daniel Passarella and Marcelo Bielsa. He was a starter in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. His time with the senior team was 54 games, in which he scored 10 goals.
The most remembered: the Brazil of Ronaldo and Romario, in the Maracana, for the Argentine triumph by 1 to 0, in 1998; and Holland, to stamp the partial tie for the quarterfinals of the World Cup in France.
There is no need to explain it. We will only say that he was the talent and soul of the champion team in Mexico 1986 (five goals and five assists) and world runner-up in Italy 1990. He also played the ecumenical events in Spain in 1982 and the United States in 1994.
Author of the most spectacular goal in the history of the world. He played 91 games for the senior team and scored 34 goals. A footballer from another galaxy, incomparable, unique.
MARTINO, Rinaldo Fioramonte
It was the glory of Argentine soccer. Between 1942 and 1947, he played 20 matches for the national team and scored 15 goals. One of them was Uruguayan goalkeeper Roque Máspoli in the decisive match for the Copa América that was played in Chile in 1945. With that goal, Argentina won 1–0 and was champion.
The specialized press chose him as the ideal team for two World Cups, as the leading scorer: Chile 1962 and England 1966. He surprised by his great ball-handling, the key to becoming the initiator of the attacks.
With the national team, he won the 1960 Pan American Championship and played a total of 28 games, scoring a goal. He was frustrated: he was captain of the team that could not qualify for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
MORE, Oscar Antonio
A left-wing out of series, important for the Argentina National Team that finished fifth in the 1966 World Cup in England. On March 4, 1970, at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, he opened the account for the great 2–0 victory.
Argentina, who had not raffled the qualifying rounds, on Pelé’s Brazil, who months later would be world champion. In total, he played 37 matches with the Argentine shirt, scoring 10 goals.
He has the best goal average for the National Team, converting 21 goals in 19 games (more than one goal per game). He played the South American national team five times (later Copa América), being champion in two and top scorer in two others.
Gloria de Huracán and one of the top scorers in the history of Argentine football (only Labruna and Paraguayan Arsenio Erico surpass him).
MASCHERANO, Javier Alejandro
“El Jefecito” is the player with the most appearances in the history of the National Team, with 147 games. He debuted in the light blue and white shirt before the first in River Plate.
He played four World Cups, five America’s Cups and is the only Argentine athlete in history to win two Olympic gold medals, in 2004 and 2008.
MASCHIO, Humberto Dioinisio
Another member of the attack of “Los Carasucias”, that team that seemed to hit the ceiling in the South American in Lima 1957, where Argentina was champion of America. Of that contest, “el Bocha” was the scorer (along with Uruguayan Javier Ambroise, with nine goals), although his role was as team strategist.
He played 12 matches for the National Team between 1956 and 1957, in which he scored 12 goals (yes, one per match on average).
MÉNDEZ, Norberto Doroteo
One of the best Argentine players in history. With 17 goals, “Tucho” is, along with Zizinho, the top scorer in the history of the Copa América.
He was a starter in three champion teams forming three great tridents: in 1945 with René Pontoni and Rinaldo Martino, in 1946 with Adolfo Pedernera and Ángel Labruna, and in 1947 with Alfredo Di Stéfano and José Manuel Moreno. It disputed 31 parties and it wrote down 19 goals in the selection.
Huge. Since his debut in 2005, he has become the top scorer in the history of the national team, with 70 goals; in the historical gunner of the South American Qualifiers, with 21 conquests; and in the third player with the most matches in the National Team, with 138. Under his leadership, Albiceleste played again a final in the 2014 World Cup and won the runners-up in the 2007, 2015 and 2016 Copa America.
MORENO, José Manuel
Some say it was more than Maradona and Pelé. He dazzled in the notable teams of the 1940s. With him, Argentina won the South Americans of 1941 (he made a great duo with “el Chueca” García) and 1947, when he was chosen the best player in the competition.
He was also a scorer, along with Herminio Marcantonio, of the South American of 1942 (seven goals). He played 34 games and scored 19 goals with the Albiceleste shirt.
MONTI, Luis Felipe
“Double Width” they called him because of his condition as an athlete. He is the author of the first Argentine goal in World Cup history (against France, in the 1–0 victory in 1930). In that World Cup, before the final with Uruguay, he received threats and his performance was not the best.
Four years later, under the pressure of fascism, he played another final for Italy. Gardel immortalized it in the tango “Patadura”, whose lyrics mention “the heart of Monti”.
OLARTICOECHEA, Julio Jorge
A profitable as few and multifunctional. Fundamental in the title of Mexico 1986 and the runner-up in Italy 1990. Although he was part of the squad in Spain in 1982, he did not play a single minute. His debut at Albiceleste would take place a year later.
Between 1983 and 1990, he played 27 matches in the national team. The header on the goal line is still remembered to save Argentina, in the remembered 2–1 victory against the English, in Mexico.
OLGUÍN, Jorge Mario
A low-profile world champion. Between 1976 and 1982, he played 60 games for the Argentine National Team. Holder in the team that obtained the title in 1978.
He was also among the 11 in Spain in 1982. His technical conditions allowed him to play in the National Team as a leading marker, despite the fact that in his clubs (San Lorenzo, Independiente, and Argentinos Juniors) he always did as a central marker.
ONEGA, Ermindo Ángel
Of great participation in the World Cup in England (the game he played against Spain was really sensational) and fundamental in 1964, when Argentina conquered the Nations Cup in Brazil. Before, he had conquered the Pan American Tournament 1960.
Owner and handle of the entire attack front. In total, he played 30 games with the Albiceleste shirt and scored 11 goals. River idol, which also passed through Vélez.
ORTEGA, Ariel Arnaldo
After going to the 1994 World Cup at just 20 years old, “el Burrito” inherited the “10” from Maradona and lived up to the circumstances.
It was the coupling of the Selection for eight years and not even his inexplicable expulsion against Holland, in the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup in France, could tarnish his great passage through Albiceleste. In total, he played 86 matches in the national team and scored 17 goals.
ORTÍZ, Oscar Alberto
Another world champion who always chose silence. Of great skill for the Gambetta, “el Negro” was a left-wing of those who no longer exist. He was first summoned when he was in San Lorenzo. Between 1975 and 1980 he played 22 games and scored two goals for César Luis Menotti’s team. At River, he would be part of the team that was a three-time champion.
PASSARELLA, Daniel Alberto
Possibly the best number “6” of all time. The undisputed figure of world football and captain of the world champion team in 1978. He played 70 games with the national team shirt and scored 22 goals.
He also joined the champion squad in Mexico 1986, although he did not play a game. He is still the top scorer in Argentine football among the defenders. Unique technique and personality. A born leader.
PEDERNERA, Adolfo Alfredo
“The Master”, also called “the Napoleon of “. The National Team, with him among the starters, won the 1941 South American Championship in Chile.
He returned to celebrate the continental title in the trans-Andean country in 1945 and in Argentina in 1946. In total, he played 21 games and scored seven goals for the National Team. One of the members of The River Plate Machine. As DT, he had a remembered passage through Workshops.
PERFUMO, Roberto Alfredo
A very technical number “2”, but also strong and fast. He went to the 1966 World Cup in England as one of the youngest, but he earned a place among the 11 for his personality and hierarchy.
He remained indisputable until the World Cup in Germany 1974. International for Argentina 37 times, 25 of them as captain. He walked his solvency for Racing Club, Cruzeiro of Brazil and River Plate.
Elegant in the game and surgical precision to retrieve the ball in the middle. In the South American of Santiago de Chile, in 1945, Argentina was consecrated undefeated and was one of the figures, receiving the nickname that marked it: “The Gate of America”. He would repeat the continental title in 1947. In the National Team, he played 26 games and scored two goals.
PEUCELLE, Carlos Desiderio
Right pointer. One of the great figures of the first World Cup in history, in which Argentina was runner-up: Uruguay 1930. At just 21 years old, he scored the first goal in the final, which would end in a 2–4 loss to the homeowners.
With the national team, he played 25 games and scored 11 goals. He won the Copa América in 1929 (in amateurism) and also the one in 1937, already in the professional era.
PONTONI, René Alejandro
Dazzling Santa Fe front. He arrived in the National Team in 1942, established himself and was a starter at a time full of cracks.
He participated in three South Americans and won them all: 1945, 1946 and 1947. With Rinaldo Martino, he formed a spectacular duo to get the first of the titles, when he was chosen as the best striker in America. Between 1942 and 1947 he played 19 matches for the National Team and scored 19 goals.
PUMPIDO, Nery Alberto
It was his turn, no more and no less, to take up the post of Ubaldo Matildo Fillol. And he did it with an international category.
He joined the squad in Spain in 1982 and was champion in Mexico in 1986, with remarkable regularity. In 1990, a serious injury (fracture of the tibia and fibula) motivated his replacement by Sergio Goycochea in full competition. In total, he defended the Albiceleste goal for 43 games. Multi-champion with River.
RATTÍN, Antonio Ubaldo
A warlord; a natural leader. He imposed his respect at two World Cups (1962 and 1966) and at the historic 1964 Nations Cup that Argentina beat Brazil’s Pelé in Brazil. Its expulsion before the English, in 1966, gave rise to one of the great controversies of the world-wide ones.
After her, the cards were created. He played 34 games and scored a goal with the national team, between 1959 and 1969. Symbol of Boca Juniors, where he spent his entire career.
REDONDO, Fernando Carlos
Elegance made . His history in the National Team was shorter than his category deserved since he played 29 matches and only one World Cup: that of 1994.
He left Italy 1990 to avoid interrupting his university studies, he publicly faced Passarella for not accepting the unusual short hair rule and argued problems in his knee to resign from Albiceleste in 2000. He won the 1993 Copa América and, a year earlier, the Confederations Cup.
RIQUELME, Juan Román
His record with the light blue and white was shorter than his category deserved. Marcelo Bielsa practically did not take it into account and only recently became the owner of the team with the arrival of José Pekerman, in 2004.
He was a figure in the runners-up in the 2005 Confederations Cups and the 2007 Copa América. He resigned twice from the National Team: after the 2006 World Cup and after the resignation of Alfio Basile, in 2009. He played 51 games and scored 17 goals for Argentina.
RODRÍGUEZ, Leonardo Adrián
He left his stamp on a winning team: the one led by Alfio Basile in the 1991 Copa América in Chile. Argentina was an undefeated champion and “Leo” was chosen as the best player in the competition. It would repeat in Ecuador 1993, although with another role.
He also won the Confederations Cups in 1992 and Artemio Franchi in 1993. He was summoned to the 1994 United States World Cup. An exquisite midfielder. He played 28 games and scored two goals for the National Team.
RODRÍGUEZ, Maximiliano Rubén
The goal that marked Mexico in overtime, to seal the pass to the quarterfinals in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, remained in the retinas and in memory forever.
It was the best goal of that tournament and one of the best in Argentina in the World Cups. “Maxi” also played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, being runner-up in the world. In total, he played 57 matches for the National Team and scored 16 goals. A beast”.
An imposing archer, with an imposing physique, who was nicknamed “Tarzan”. In the 1957 South American, he was a substitute for Rogelio Domínguez. But it would not take in taking ownership of the Selection.
He disputed the World Cups in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966. He defended the Argentina goal in 41 games between 1956 and 1967 and received 36 goals.
ROMERO, Sergio Germán
He was the owner of the National Team goal since September 9, 2009, when Argentina lost 1–0 to Paraguay in the Playoffs. He was a starter in all the games that Maradona’s team played in South Africa. Batista maintained it and Sabella, too.
In the 2014 Brazil semifinals, against the Netherlands, he cut his shots on Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to become a hero. He defended the Albiceleste goal in 96 games and scored 69 goals.
ROSSI, Néstor Raúl
A natural leader, but also an exquisite number “5”. Member of the Selection of “Los Carasucias” that conquered the South American in 1957, after thrashing Brazil 3–0. He also became champion in the South American in 1947, in Guayaquil, starting as a substitute for Ángel Perucca and playing the last games.
His biggest disappointment was the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. Because of his commanding voice, he was called “the Patron of America”.
RUGLIO, Miguel Ángel
He cut just four games for the National Team, but it was enough for him to remain in history. It was on May 9, 1951, in a friendly against (which he had never lost in London).
Argentina won 1–0 and, due to the extraordinary performance of its goalkeeper, it was very close to the feat, despite the fact that it ended up losing 2 to 1. He was cheered. Since then, the Vélez goalkeeper became known as “the Lion of Wembley”.
RUGGERI, Oscar Alfredo
He participated in three World Cups with the national team: Mexico 1986, Italy 1990 and the United States 1994. He was champion in the first, runner-up in the second and a fundamental player in the third. In addition, he conquered two America’s Cups: Chile 1991 and Ecuador 1993.
For 11 years (98 games, eight goals), he defended the national team shirt with nobility and became the captain. A born winner who went through Boca, River, Real Madrid and San Lorenzo, among other clubs.
SAMUEL, Walter Adrián
A defender of great category, who shone in Newells, Boca, Rome, Real Madrid and Inter. He participated in the 1999 Copa América and the World Cup Korea / Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010.
He was runner-up in the German Confederations Cup in 2005. Born in Laborde, Córdoba, he played 55 matches for the national team, scoring five goals.
An out of series that stood out in any position of the defense, the midfield and even the front. Perhaps the first “polyfunctional” of professional football. International for Argentina between 1933 and 1941, he represented 34 matches and converted six goals for the National Team.
In the South American of 1937, he dazzled as a right-back and Argentina stayed with the championship. “El Cuila” also obtained the continental title of 1941.
SANFILIPPO, José Francisco
We met him for his verbiage as a panelist on TV, but “el Nene” was an extraordinary scorer as a footballer. He had no luck in the World Cups, since, with him, Argentina turned in the first round in Sweden 1958 and Chile 1962.
But his numbers with Albiceleste are irreproachable: 20 goals in 28 games. In addition, between late 1959 and mid-1961, for six consecutive games, he scored goals for Argentina.
“El Cholo” was the first player to reach 100 games with a light blue and white shirt (there were 104 presentations), in March 2001. He made his debut in the senior team in 1988 and remained in the team until 2002.
In that long period, He disputed three World Cups, four America’s Cups (he won the ones in 1991 and 1993), he obtained an Olympic silver medal (1996) and he was consecrated in 1992 Confederations Cups and Artemio Franchi 1993.
SIMÓN, Juan Ernesto
Ten years after having been a world youth champion in Japan in 1979 with César Luis Menotti, he was called up to the senior team by Carlos Salvador Bilardo.
It was a great success for the Doctor: Simón would be a reference for the last line of the runner-up team in Italy 1990. His level was very high in that event. He barely played 13 games for the Argentina National Team.
SÍVORI, Enrique Omar
The Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport did not walk around and defined it as “the Maradona of the 50s and 60s.” He participated in the last great offensive quintet that our football showed: Corbetta, Angelillo, Maschio, Sívori, and Cruz.
Those “Carasucias” scored eight goals for Colombia, three for Ecuador, four for Uruguay, six for Chile and three for Brazil to get the 1957 South American. The idol of River, Juventus, and Napoli. He played 18 matches and scored nine goals for Argentina between 1956 and 1957.
SORÍN, Juan Pablo
A very complete left-back, who became one more striker when he went on the attack. A genuine product of José Pekerman’s work in youth teams. He played two World Cups of majors: those of 2002 and 2006. In that of Germany, he was the team captain. During 10 years, between 1995 and 2005, he played 75 matches with the National Team and scored 11 goals.
The scorer of the first World Cup in history: he made eight goals in four games in Uruguay 1930. He made his debut with three goals in one game (for Mexico), a brand that Gabriel Batistuta would recently equal six decades later (in the United States 1994).
Due to his ability to break any defense, he was nicknamed “the Filtration”. His link with the Selection was deepened as DT: he directed it for more than 20 years and obtained 75% of the points.
TARANTINI, Alberto César
When he played the 1978 World Cup, in which he was champion, he had no club: he had been freed from . However, he was always a starter and one of the most outstanding players in his position, the left-back.
He also joined the Argentine team in Spain in 1982. He played 58 games between 1974 and 1982 for Argentina and scored a goal: in the historic 6–0 win against Peru. After the World Cup, he went through the Premier League and returned to the country to play in Workshops and, later, in River.
TELCH, Roberto Marcelo
A great timekeeper. His first call was in 1964. He was 20 years old and won the Nations Cup. His only two goals in the team became the homeowner: Brasil de Pelé, a two-time world champion.
Argentina won 3–0 and surprised the World. In that tournament, he also beat Portugal and England. He also joined the national team that played in the World Cup in Germany in 1974. There were 24 games played by “the Sheep” in the National Team.
TEVEZ, Carlos Alberto
His appearance with the light blue and white, back in 2004, was very high-flying. He was featured in the Copa América that year (Argentina lost the final to Brazil on penalties), he earned the nickname “Player of the People” for his generous dedication.
He would return to be runner-up in the 2007 and 2015 editions, played in the World Cups in Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 and went on to play 76 matches for the senior team, in which he celebrated 13 goals.
VALDANO, Jorge Alberto
Until the 1986 title in Mexico, which he achieved at age 31, the Santa Fe had not had an outstanding history in the National Team. Although he was among those summoned to the 1982 World Cup in Spain, his role was secondary.
Only with Carlos Bilardo did he give his best: he scored four goals in that title in Mexico — including one in the final — and was one of the great figures of the champion team. In total, he played 22 games and scored 11 goals with Albiceleste.
VALENCIA, Daniel José
His enormous talent collaborated for the first world title for the team, in 1978. He started as a starter, despite pressure from the Buenos Aires press for Norberto Alonso to play. He was also called up by Menotti for the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
Diego Maradona’s compadre on and off the field, he played 41 times with Albiceleste and scored five goals. Jujeño is a pride for Talleres.
VARALLO, Francisco Antonio
He played the first World Cup, in 1930, at just 20 years old. He was one of the figures of that world runner-up team. In the final, against Uruguay, he resented an injury after 20 minutes and left Argentina inferior in number (there were no changes).
He was the champion of the Copa América in 1937. In the national team, he played 16 games and scored six goals.
VERÓN, Juan Sebastián
A talented game maker, strategist, and great assistant. He completed, with interruptions, 14 years as a member of the Argentina National Team and played in the 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cups. In addition, he was part of the 2007 Copa América runner-up team.
In total, there were 72 presences with the Albiceleste jersey, converting nine goals. The gesture asking for patience before Sweden, in the World Cup in Korea / Japan, irritated many; but it was a crack.
ZANETTI, Javier Adelmar
He was 17 years in the national team from his debut in 1994 until his last meeting in 2011, in which he played 143 games and became the player with the most appearances until he was surpassed by Javier Mascherano.
However, it is a strange case: he only played the World Cups in France 1998 and Korea / Japan 2002. It was never entirely clear why he was not called up for Germany 2006 nor for South Africa 2010.
Originally published at https://bettingtips.world on April 17, 2020.