OK I think I had enough of that. But one thing for sure, not many people out there has rated our 1986 World Cup winning team into that entire list that I've mentioned above. One of the main reason is that it was often looked at as a one-man performance rather than a whole team. But I'm pretty sure that they were some players in that team that have equally contributed to that success.
But if I'd ask you to name the eleven best players who have don the Albicelestes colours throughout history, what would your choice be? Trust me, the more you think about it, the harder it gets, especially when I've already decide on one player and suddenly out of the blue moon another player comes to the picture. It took me days to figure out who should be in my list, as I needed to really be sure about this. At times when discussing this with my friend Alwin, we often had our preference on who deserves the most. This is when I realized that the best team might depend on one opinion on how he or she would like the team to be. Which is the main reason for me to why I decided to write this article. So that YOU out there might want to share with us who do YOU think are the best players, the best formation and the captain to lead them or even the best coach for that matter.
But below is my final eleven that I've selected after weeks of mind blowing and head cracking session. I've decided to go with the 3-4-1-2 formations.
Nery PUMPIDO - One of the few memorable things that I remember about the 1986 World Cup, was the silver shinning plated jersey wore by PUMPIDO. After all it was the 1980's. However this was a tough choice but in the end, no one can deny what a great goalkeeper he was. Even I feel those who came after him were not that close to what he was. This is why he is my first choice keeper.
Oscar RUGGERI - Arguably the most successful defender in the history of Albicelestes and who can argue that? Having represented Argentina for 97 times plus a World Cup medal, twice captaining us to Copa America success plus numerous titles that he has won with Real Madrid, River Plate and Boca Juniors. Without the tough and uncompromising El Cabezon in defense, we would have been a weaker team in 1986.
Osvaldo "Ossie" ARDILES - A competitive and skillful player. Despite the tension that was surrounding in England during the Falkland Island War, Ossie prove to be a hit with his magnificent sublime skills both with the Spurs fans and elsewhere. Is there anything else special about him? Oh yes there is, I like the number of his jersey, very unique indeed.
Diego MARADONA - Well what can I say? Do I need to say anything else about him? Well for all our loyal readers in this blog, I believe everyone would agree 120% on this. But for those of you who are still living in denial, scratching their heads and trying to figure out why I choose him, you have no idea what you have been missing
Guilermo STABILE - Something from the old school and arguably the first superstar to come out from Argentina. STABILE will be remembered for being the 1930 World Cup leading goalscorer, scoring 8 goals in 4 matches. Although his career with the Albicelestes lasted only for a blink of an eye, but what a blink it was as his legacy went on to inspire generations of Argentine players.
Cesar Luis MENOTTI - I've got nothing against Señor Carlos BILARDO's "win at all cost" approach. But when you have a line-up that contains the best of the best it has to be the beautiful attacking approach, that MENOTTI emphazised
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