World Cup 2014 Teams: Argentina [Download]

For many people, Argentina National Football Team can be defined as Messi plus 10 players. The number 10 of Barcelona has and incredible talent, however, there are many other players that may make the difference. 

The defensive midfielder or defensor Mascherano, a Barça’s top player, is an example. Also, Di Maria, Lavezzi, Aguero and Higuaín. Players that are in a great moment for their teams: Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Napoli, respectively.

Besides all this talent, there still tradition and experience. With two World Cup titles from Maradona period, the Argentinian fans expect the same from Messi’s. On other hand, the country is the main rival of the tournament hosts, Brazil. So, the environment for players and fans might not be the best one.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona): The Argentina’s #10 and captain comes to Brazil with the responsibility to make his 4 World’s best player awards worth for Argentinians. However, his recent historic of injuries may contribute for a bad performance. He is certainly one of the main stars in the tournament. PrMain characteristics: ball conduction, dribbling, passing, speed and finalization.

Di Maria (Real Madrid): the player uses all his speed to infiltrates through the flanks. Also, He is a good shooter. These aspects make him an important player for Real Madrid. Main characteristics: speed, ball conduction and finalization.

Mascherano (Barcelona): He’s the Barça’s defensive system leader, playing as defensive midfielder or defensor. He’s an idol in Barcelona an for the Argentinian Fans. However, He is used to receive too many red cards.Main characteristics: strong marking and positioning in defense.

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By Pedro Mendonça

About Pedro Mendonça: Real Madrid Foundation - Football Coach/Professor. UEFA B Football Coach. Physical Education Teacher. Author of: "Tactical Periodization: A Practical Application for the Game Model of FC Bayern Munich"

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