Argentina Portraits - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Argentina World Cup Squad Photos

Lionel Messi may be the best soccer player in the world but his standing among the game’s all-time greats—including Pelé, Diego Maradona, and Zinedine Zidane—will not be guaranteed until he wins a World Cup. This tournament, his fourth, could be the 30-year-old’s best last chance. Messi’s supporting cast is stellar this time around, including bulldog midfielder Javier Mascherano, striker Sergio Aguero, and attacker Angel di Maria. But the team is shrouded in mystery thanks to coach Jorge Sampaoli’s use of experimental lineups in recent months. La Albiceleste, ranked No. 5 in the world, beat Italy 2-0 on March 23 and then lost to Spain 6-1 four days later. Messi and Co. could bring Argentina its third world title or crash and burn early. Either way, you have to watch.

Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.

Paulo Dybala Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Paulo Dybala Javier Mascherano Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Javier Mascherano Lionel Messi Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Lionel Messi

More World Cup Squads

Nicolas Tagliafico Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Nicolas Tagliafico Marcos Acuna Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Marcos Acuna Willy Caballero Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Willy Caballero Gabriel Mercado Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Gabriel Mercado Sergio Aguero Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Sergio Aguero Cristian Pavon Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Cristian Pavon Enzo Perez Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Enzo Perez Franco Armani Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Franco Armani Eduardo Salvio Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Eduardo Salvio Maximiliano Meza Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Maximiliano Meza Gonzalo Higuain Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Gonzalo Higuain Nicolas Otamendi Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Nicolas Otamendi Angel Di Maria Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Angel Di Maria Marcos Rojo Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Marcos Rojo Lucas Biglia Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Lucas Biglia Nahuel Guzman Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Nahuel Guzman Ever Banega Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Ever Banega Federico Fazio Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Federico Fazio Cristian Ansaldia Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Cristian Ansaldia Giovani Lo Celso Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Giovani Lo Celso



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