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(CNN Spanish) — Argentina arrives in Qatar with a memorable streak of 36 games without defeats and a team that, even with Leo Messi at the helm, bases its strength on collective play above the stars.

Since they won the World Cup at home in 1978, the Argentine team always appears as a solid candidate to take first place, although they have not achieved it again.

This time, the albiceleste arrives with a team built with time and work, which does not depend exclusively on the inescapable figure of Messi – although he is, without a doubt, its star par excellence.

The technical director Lionel Scaloni managed to build a team that bases its strength on the collective game, on personality and on knowing in depth both its virtues and its defects. It was a silent job, even against the criticism that intensified from the beginning of the cycle and that only silenced with the victory in Brazil.

Messi, the captain and soul of the albiceleste

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At 35 years old, this is “surely” Messi’s last World Cup, according to his own words, and therefore the last chance to lift the cup and definitively surpass Diego Maradona as the most important player in the history of the Argentine team.

His World Cup debut was in Germany 2006, a competition in which he scored just one goal and Argentina was eliminated in the quarterfinals. In South Africa 2010, with Maradona as coach, La Pulga started in all the games, but they said goodbye without goals, once again eliminated against Germany.

In Brazil 2014 he shone in all his splendor with a goal in his debut against Serbia, the same against Iran and a brace against Nigeria. With four goals, he won the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the World Cup.

Russia 2018 was a cup to forget: just one goal against Nigeria in the group stage. The albiceleste said goodbye to the World Cup in the round of 16 after losing to France.

In total Messi accumulates 6 goals in 19 World Cup games.

Say Maria and Dybala

Messi is the captain and the soul of the team, but the team is not “messside-dependent”. That is, perhaps, the greatest virtue and the greatest achievement of Scaloni as manager at the head of the Argentine team.

There are two other figures of particular note, both on offense: Ángel Di María and Paulo Dybala.

Di María, 34, made his debut in the senior team in 2008. He currently plays for Juventus, after a successful career that took him to Manchester, PSG, Real Madrid and Benfica after his beginnings in Rosario, where he is from . He has participated so far in 13 matches for the national team, scoring two goals in total.

Paulo Dybala, although a substitute, is another of the figures with great brilliance. The 29-year-old striker arrives from Roma after a career that has so far seen him feature at two other Italian teams, Juventus and Palermo.

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Scaloni’s squad


Emiliano Martinez

Geronimo Rulli

Franco Armani


Nahuel Molina

Gonzalo Montiel

Christian Romero

German Pezzella

Nicholas Otamendi

Lisandro Martinez

Marcos Acuna

Nicolas Tagliafico

john foyth


Rodrigo DePaul

Leandro Paredes

Alexis MacAllister

guido rodriguez

Alejandro Gomez

Enzo Fernandez

exequiel palacios


angel di maria

Lautaro Martinez

Julian Alvarez

Nicholas Gonzalez

Joaquin Correa

Paulo Dybala

Lionel Messi

Possible starting lineup

The albiceleste opens this Tuesday against Saudi Arabia at the Lusail stadium. According to local media such as La Nación and Clarín, the possible starting lineup would have Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martínez in goal and Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi and Nicolás Tagliafico or Marcos Acuña in defense. Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes and Alexis Mac would make their debut in midfield, while Messi, Di María and Lautaro Martínez would remain on offense.

With information from Juan Pablo Elverdin, Sofía Benavides, Elizabeth Pérez and Ángela Reyes from CNN en Español.