Argentina national football team

men's national association football team representing Argentina

Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentina. They are nicknamed La Albiceleste (the blue and whites).

Argentina
Nickname(s)La Albiceleste
(The White and Sky Blues)
AssociationArgentine Football Association (AFA)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachLionel Scaloni
CaptainLionel Messi
Most capsJavier Mascherano
Lionel Messi
(147)
Top scorerLionel Messi (73)
Home stadiumAntonio V. Liberti
(Buenos Aires)
Alberto J. Armando
(Buenos Aires)
Malvinas Argentinas
(Mendoza)
Mario Alberto Kempes
(Córdoba)
Único Madre de Ciudades
(Santiago del Estero)
FIFA codeARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 Steady (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007–June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016–April 2017)
Lowest24 (August 1996)
First international
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 Jul 1902) [2]
Biggest win
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
 Spain 6–1 Argentina 
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)
World Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986)
Copa América
Appearances42 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993, 2021)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1960)
Intercontinental Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1993)
Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1992)
Best resultChampions (1992)
Medal record
Olympic medal record
Men's football[3]
Silver medal – second place 1928 Amsterdam Team [note 1]

Most appearancesEdit

As of 22 June 2021

Boldface indicates a player still active

Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Lionel Messi 151 80 2005–0000
2 Javier Mascherano 147 3 2003–2018
3 Javier Zanetti 143 4 1994–2011
4 Roberto Ayala 114 7 1994–2007
5 Ángel Di María 108 20 2008–0000
6 Diego Simeone 106 9 1988–2002
7 Sergio Agüero 99 41 2006–0000
8 Oscar Ruggeri 97 7 1983–1994
9 Sergio Romero 96 0 2009–2018
10 Diego Maradona 91 34 1977–1994

Top scorersEdit

As of 22 June 2021
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Lionel Messi 80 151 0.5 2005–
2 Gabriel Batistuta 54 77 0.7 1991–2002
3 Sergio Agüero 42 99 0.41 2006–
4 Hernán Crespo 35 64 0.55 1995–2007
5 Diego Maradona 34 91 0.37 1977–1994
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 31 75 0.41 2009–2018
7 Luis Artime 24 25 0.96 1961–1967
8 Daniel Passarella 23 70 0.33 1976–1986
9 Leopoldo Luque 21 45 0.47 1975–1981
José Sanfilippo 21 29 0.72 1956–1962

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. Pelayes, Héctor Darío (24 September 2010). "Argentina-Uruguay Matches 1902–2009". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  3. After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  4. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
Notes
  1. From 1996 on, medals won by Argentina were with the U-23 team, not the senior squad, as ruled by the IOC.