Football is followed fervently in Argentina, with the game occupying a crucial position in the heart of the nation’s citizens.
Some of the greatest players to have played the game have emerged from the country.
The atmosphere during games is heralded as being among the best in the entire world, and football has often acted as an antidote to various other happenings in the country.
Jonathan Wilson’s book, “Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina” is an enthralling read on the history of Argentine football and how the sport has a massive say in the country.
While Argentina have tasted little success on the international stage in recent years, the country continues to produce talented footballers who are playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Check out the list of some players regarded as greatest players to play for Argentina;
He was an Argentine professional football player and manager.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest player in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winner of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.
In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals.
He played in 4 FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final.
He is regarded as Argentina greatest player of all time.
He was born on 24th of June 1987, he is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain and captain the Argentina national team.
He is often considered as the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
An Argentine international, he hold the national record for appearances and is also the country all time leading goalscorer.
3. Alfredo Di Stefano
He was an Argentine born professional footballer and coach who played as a forward, regarded as one of Argentina greatest footballer of all time.
4. Daniel Passarella
He was born on 25th of May 1953, he is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a centre back, and former manager of the Argentina and Uruguay national football teams.
He is considered as one of the greatest South American defender of all time.
5. Gabriel Batistuta
He was born 1 February 1969, he is an Argentine former professional footballer.
During his playing career, he was nicknamed Batigol as well as El Ángel Gabriel. He is regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time.
At international level, he was Argentina all time leading goalscorer with 54 goals in 77 official matches, a record he held until 21 June 2016, when he was surpassed by Lionel Messi.