Messi, Agüero, Lavezzi, Higuaín, Palacio, Gago and Di María - who else would you want to watch today? Argentina have an orgasmic attacking line-up to choose from, and the first we get to see of them is tonight against first time participants Bosnia-Herzegovina.
It isn’t just the South-American’s who can boast the exciting players though, with Bosnia-Herzegovina likely to start with Manchester City forward Edin Džeko and Roma’s playmaker Miralem Pjanić at the heart of their side. Argentina have a questionable defence, and are flitting between 4-3-3 and 5-3-2 like a side who don’t know how best to line-up, so this could be yet another end to end affair.
The biggest focus, of course, is how well quadruple Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi plays, having failed to make a World Cup his own yet, still not a hero in his own country, well behind the likes of Maradona and Tevez in the hearts of Argentinian football fans. The consensus states that until Messi inspires his country to a World Cup win like Maradona and Pele before him, he won’t truly be the greatest ever - that much, at least, is highly debatable.
What this match will give us though, if the rest are anything to go by, is waves up waves of attacking football, with both sides suspect in defence. The attacking talent on show is enough to wet the appetite alone, and it’s well worth staying up late on a Sunday to watch what might happen, with Argentina many people’s favourites.
There is a chance, of course, that Argentina might well face Brazil in the final at the Maracanã given that they’re on opposite sides of the draw, and I’m sure we’re all aware that this is pretty much the dream scenario this year. Given the way the officials have dealt with Brazil so far, it wouldn’t be a shock to see them ushered all the way, but don’t let FIFA know we’ve said that…
Speaking of the Maracanã, that’s where the game will be played tonight, and it’ll be a fantastic spectacle in the legendary stadium. Brimful of Argentinian fans, it will be an amazing way for Bosnia-Herzegovina to start their World Cup lives as a country. Second only to seeing the host nation in action in front of their own fans, there will be an amazing atmosphere to witness in Rio.
Watch the Argentinians and Messi begin their World Cup charge later tonight, 11pm on BBC One.