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5 Players Who Have Made the Most Appearances for Argentina

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are the two players who have made the most appearances for Argentina
Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are the two players who have made the most appearances for Argentina / AFP Contributor/Getty Images
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Argentina and Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi recently created history when leading his country against Bolivia at the 2021 Copa America, where he became the South American nations all-time appearance maker.

Here, we take a look at the five players who have made the most appearances for Argentina.

1. Lionel Messi - 148 games

Lionel Messi
Bolivia v Argentina: Group A - Copa America Brazil 2021 / Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Widely hailed as the greatest player in the history of football, Lionel Messi is not only Argentina's all-time highest appearance maker but also their all-time record goalscorer with 75 goals.

The 34-year-old while winning everything at club level with Barcelona is yet to win a trophy at international level and will look to add one to his trophy cabinet as soon as possible.

2. Javier Mascherano - 147 games

France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia / MB Media/Getty Images

The previous holder of the appearance record for Argentina, Javier Mascherano made 147 appearances for his country during his career - also serving as the captain between 2008 to 2011.

The 37-year-old who retired from international football in 2018, was a brilliant footballer, capable of playing both at the back and in central midfield.

3. Javier Zanetti - 143 games

Javier Zanetti
Paraguay v Argentina / Luis Vera/Getty Images

Javier Zanetti is an icon in football and was well-respected by both fans and the opposition for his leadership, calm demeanor and conduct both on and off the pitch.

The 47-year-old spent his entire professional career with Inter Milan, where he won numerous honours, while making 143 appearances for Argentina - though like the others on the list, he could not win a major trophy with his country.

4. Roberto Ayala - 116 games

Roberto Ayala
International Friendly: France v Argentina / Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, Roberto Ayala captained Argentina in a record 63 games while eventually finishing with 115 appearances for his country.

The 48-year-old played for the likes of AC Milan and Valencia among others during his career, winning a number of individual and professional honours.

5. Diego Simeone - 108 games

Diego Simeone, Giovanni, Gianluca
Diego Simeone pauses with his children Giovanni (L / MIGUEL MENDEZ/Getty Images

A legendary figure in the heart of midfield for Argentina, Diego Simeone made 108 appearances for his country - winning two Copa America trophies with them.

The 51-year-old who was known for his tenacity on the field played for a number of top clubs and after retirement has established himself as a legend for Atletico Madrid, leading them to unprecedented success.

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