Messi, included in Argentina's greatest XI of all time

The Blaugrana player is the only active player in this choice

Messi, included in Argentina's greatest XI of all time
Messi, included in Argentina's greatest XI of all time

The Blaugrana player is the only active player in this choice

Onze històric argentina

The Argentine Football Federation (AFA) published this week its greatest XI of all time. Amongst the chosen ones, we find the FC Barcelona player Leo Messi.

The XI is formed by the next players:

Ubaldo Fillol: The goalkeeper who started the World Cup final in 1978 when the alibiceleste won their first ever World Cup, he played in three World Cup tournaments making 58 appearances for Argentina, the second most of all time in his position.

Javier Zanetti: He played 145 times for his country, the most-capped player ever, played in two World Cups and scored 5 goals.

Roberto Perfumo: Nicknamed ‘El Mariscal’ – The Marshall – he’s considered one of the best central defenders who had the ability to mark a player out of existence.

Daniel Pasarella: Captain of the World Cup-winning team in 1978, he played in three World Cups.

Alberto Tarantini: Scored against Perú in the 1978 winning year, he was integral in the squad that historic year.

Miguel Ángel Brindisi: Considered one of the best right-wingers to ever pull on the sky-blue and white of Argentina.

Fernando Redondo: One of the greatest defensive midfielders in the history of the game, was chosen the best player in the world by UEFA in 2000.

Diego Armando Maradona: Captain, leader, icon: led his side to glory in 1986 and is many people’s pick as the greatest player of all time; he played in four World Cups.

Lionel Messi: The only player in the XI who’s currently active, Messi is a heavily decorated winner that most consider the best in the world right now.

Gabriel Batistuta: Top goalscorer in the national side’s history with 56 goals, he played in three World Cups and won four trophies in the albiceleste.

Mario Kempes: Top goalscorer and leading light of the 1978 side that won Argentina’s first World Cup. He played in three World Cups.