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Argentina
Nickname(s) La Albiceleste (The White and Sky-Blues)
Association Argentine Football Association (AFA)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Lionel Scaloni
Captain Lionel Messi
Most caps Javier Mascherano (147)
Top scorer Lionel Messi (70)
Home stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti
(El Monumental)
FIFA code ARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July – October 2015, April 2016 – April 2017)
Lowest 24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 13 Decrease 7 (3 March 2019)
Highest 1 (29 times between 1902 and 2016)
Lowest 26 (June 1990)
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)
Biggest win
 Argentina 10–0 Colombia 
(Medellin, Colombia; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Czech Republic 6–1 Argentina 
(London, England; 15 June 1958)
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
 Spain 6–1 Argentina 
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)
World Cup
Appearances 17 (first in 1930)
Best result Champions (1978, 1986)
Copa América
Appearances 42 (first in 1916)
Best result Champions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 1956)
Best result Champions (1960)
Intercontinental Cup of Nations
Appearances 1 (first in 1993)
Best result Champions (1993)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1992)
Best result Champions (1992)

Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentina. They are nicknamed La Albiceleste (the blue and whites).

Most appearances

As of 13 October 2019
Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javier Mascherano 2003–2018 143 3
2 Javier Zanetti 1994–2011 142 5
3 Lionel Messi 2005-present 123 68
4 Roberto Ayala 1994-2007 115 7
5 Diego Simeone 1988-2002 106 11
6 Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994 97 7
7 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 91 34
8 Ariel Ortega 1993–2010 87 17
9 Gabriel Batistuta 1991–2002 78 56
10 Juan Pablo Sorín 1996–2006 76 11

Top scorers

As of 13 October 2019
Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Avg/Game
1 Lionel Messi 2005-present 68 123 0.52
2 Gabriel Batistuta 1991-2002 56 78 0.718
3 Sergio Agüero 2009-present ’40’ 96 0.555
4 Hernán Crespo 1995-2007 35 64 0.546
5 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 34 91 0.374
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 2009–present 31 67 0.48
7 Luis Artime 1961–1967 24 25 0.960
8 Daniel Passarella 1976–1986 23 70 0.328
9 Leopoldo Luque 1975–1981 22 45 0.488
José Sanfilippo 1956–1962 22 29 0.759

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