Despite the fact that Argentina regularly produces the greatest players in world football, the country has not won a major trophy in over two decades, with their last success coming in 1993’s Copa America. 2015 is predicted to be a big year for Argentinian football, and they will be sure to focus everything on winning this year’s event.
After winning an historic treble with Barcelona, Lionel Messi will want to emulate his club success with his national team. Messi will want to be remembered along side the greats of Pele and Maradona, however, the greatness of these players was confirmed by their performances and achievements on the international stage.
Argentina were finalists at the 2014 World Cup, with Messi winning the player of the tournament, but everyone would have preferred to win the trophy instead. Maradona almost single handedly won the World Cup for Argentina, with Pele playing a crucial part in Brazil’s victories. Without having won trophies with your country, then it is hard to be considered the best of all time.
Messi is desperate for success with his country and Argentina are in a great position to gain victory in this year’s tournament. They have a very tough, organised and youthful defence, with the likes of Marcos Rojo and Nicolas Otamendi consistently putting in powerful performances for both club and country.
If Argentina can build on their World Cup Final appearance in 2014, then they certainly have the players in both defence and attack to become one of the major competitors in world football. This year’s tournament in the Americas is sure to be one of the best in recent years, as it will showcase some of the best teams in the world and Argentina can use it to prove they are still a great team.