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
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
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 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
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
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.