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8 Stars Who May Never Play For Argentina Again

8 Stars Who May Never Play For Argentina Again

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 02, 2018 09:00 PM @KurtLaduma

Argentina were knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup this weekend after a disappointing tournament, and two of their players have since retired from international duty. Here are another eight stars, including their all-time top scorer, who might never again represent the Albiceleste.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see eight players who might never play for Argentina again, following their poor 2018 World Cup.

Despite giving it a good go against France this past weekend, many were surprised Jorge Sampaoli's side made it out of Group D in Russia, while it should also be noted that they almost did not qualify for the tournament.

Argentina underwhelmed for the most of their World Cup campaign, and their problems behind the scenes came to the fore following their 2-0 loss to Croatia.

Since their exit, and even before they were knocked out, there has been talk that many Argentina players will no longer make themselves available for their national team, while Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia both confirmed their international retirements on the weekend.

More players could very well follow, namely goalkeeper Willy Caballero, whose error against Croatia proved costly. At 36 years old, the Chelsea man might feel his chances of being called up again are limited, which may result in him hanging up his boots.

Midfielder Enzo Perez, 32, is another player who might call time on his international career, as is 31-year-old fullback Gabriel Mercado, who was heavily criticised throughout the competition. Back-up left-back Cristian Ansaldi, 31, could also follow suit.

In attack, Angel Di Maria, who threatened to retire after Argentina's 2016 Copa America final loss, might feel as if his time with his national team has come to an end. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker was anonymous for most of the tournament, scoring just once in four games.

Strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero may also consider retiring from international football following their disappointing performances in Russia, as could Lionel Messi, who many believe has played his last World Cup.

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The FC Barcelona man, who is his country's all-time leading goalscorer, has previously hung up his boots at international level, but after Argentina's poor showing in Russia, he might decide it is no longer worth playing for the national team.

Which of these players would you pick in your next Argentina team? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Sandile2743 Joined: 21 Oct 2015
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Sandile2743 Jul 03, 2018 05:41 AM
Besides age. They are just playing because they are football players but there's no hunger for success in them. You can't have so many players who compete in the champions league making up one team but get that performance. The very same team that lost Copa America to Chile that didn't even qualify for the world cup. The coach also didn't seem to have a plan for the world cup approach.
Bashin Mahlangu Joined: 28 Dec 2015
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Bashin Mahlangu Jul 03, 2018 04:50 AM
The fact that the Argentina national team is ageing might be the main factor towards. the team' gruesome display in the tournament. They should rope in some some young blood may something positive might come up.
Kopong T Joined: 21 Feb 2018
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Kopong T Jul 02, 2018 09:36 PM
Moes ke bo madala fela fa, let them go this Argentina national team doesn't deserve players like Di Maria,Aguero,Dybala and Messi. All those other cows must stay with that team expect for those above.

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