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Who are are the Argentina's best players? Key performers to watch in World Cup 2022 knockout rounds

10:35 SAST 2022/12/03
A expected, La Albiceleste find themselves at the knockout stage. GOAL takes a look at their key players.

Argentina progressed into the 2022 World Cup knockouts by virtue of topping Group C, with Lionel Messi in all likelihood playing his last World Cup after almost lifting the trophy in 2014.

The first upset at the Qatar World Cup was, of course, the 2-1 defeat for Lionel Scaloni's men at the hands of Saudi Arabia despite Argentina taking the lead through Messi's penalty.

However, the reigning Copa America champions bounced back with respective 2-0 wins over Mexico and Poland.

GOAL takes a look at the best Argentina players at Qatar 2022.

  • Messi

    Lionel Messi | PSG | FW

    Lionel Messi has both excelled himself and complimented the likes of Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez in Qatar. He has a penalty goal against Saudi Arabia and a strike against Mexico for now, as well as becoming the oldest player to both create five chances and make at least five dribbles in the same World Cup game.

  • Angel Di Maria Argentina World Cup 2022

    Angel Di Maria | Juventus | MF

    Angel Di Maria tried all he could with the ball against Saudi Arabia, assisted Messi in the Mexico win for which he even refused to take credit, and was a constant menace to the Polish full-backs besides nearly scoring one from a corner in the same game.

  • Nicolas Otamendi, Argentina, September 2021

    Nicolas Otamendi | Benfica | DF

    The Benfica defender has done all he could to avert any danger that's come his way so far in the tournament, from headed clearances to tackling some of the best in the trade - including his vital challenges to prevent Poland's Robert Lewandowski and Przemyslaw Frankowski from scoring in Argentina's last group game.

  • julian alvarez argentina emiratos arabes amistoso 16112022

    Julian Alvarez | Manchester City | FW

    The Manchester City youngster is definitely ready to step up, potentially costing Lautaro Martinez a place in the XI, after his stunning strike to seal the win against Poland. He has produced an all-round display whenever called upon.

  • Alexis Mac Allister Argentina Polonia Qatar 2022

    Alexis Mac Allister | Brighton | MF

    Called into action from the Mexico win where kept the ball well, Mac Allister was Argentina's saviour as he scored from a cut-back by Nahuel Molina against Poland and almost added another in the same game. It was a case of putting up a performance when even Messi was looking a bit off-colour.

  • Enzo Fernandez Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup 2022

    Enzo Fernandez | Benfica | MF

    The 21-year-old turned up to stabilise the midfield after replacing Leandro Paredes in the Saudi Arabia defeat and pulled off a stunning finish off a pass from Messi after a short corner against Mexico. After assisting Alvarez against Poland, and with Rodrigo De Paul looking out of sorts in the group games, Scaloni will be considering rolling the dice on Fernandez in the knockout rounds.