5) Nicolas Otamendi
After a more than disappointing start to his Manchester City career, Otamendi looked set to be shipped out of the Etihad this summer. However, Guardiola has revolutionised the defender, who was easily one of the best players in the Premier league last season. The defender was ever-present in the starting XI as City raced to a record 100 point season. Barring a few off games, Otamendi was mostly proactive for City. The Argentinian fans will be hoping that Otamendi carries his fine form into the World Cup as well, especially given the fact that Sampaoli’s side’s biggest weakness is the defence.
4) Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria has had a mixed season with PSG unlike Otamendi’s with City. In fairness, Di Maria was hurt more by circumstances rather than his own form. PSG’s quest for making a statement meant that the club spent a fortune in bringing Neymar and Mbappe to the club, which in turn relegated Di Maria and Draxler to the bench. Nevertheless, when given a chance, Di Maria showed his talent and his form even had calls for a permanent place in the starting XI. The dynamic attacker’s talents are obscured in a pool of talent Argentina possess but there is little doubt that he will be a prominent figure in Russia.
3) Paulo Dybala
Juventus’ prized asset, Paulo Dybala is bound to have a busy period post the World Cup, with transfer rumours constantly linking him with a move away from Turin. Dybala had a fantastic start to the season before a dip in form saw him lose his place in Allegri’s starting XI. By the business end of the season, Dybala returned to the starting XI but his form and position remained a cause for the Old Lady. His sending off against Real once again exposed his lack of experience and temperament. Nevertheless, Dybala is easily one of the most creative and dangerous players in the world despite his tender age. The World Cup is a great opportunity for Dybala to showcase his talent as he looks to become one of the best players in the world.
2) Sergio Aguero
One of the best strikers on the planet, Sergio Aguero had an outstanding season with City. The diminutive striker just wouldn’t stop scoring for the Citizens and despite his obvious lack of workrate, Aguero remained a crucial figure for Guardiola’s side. Aguero has often been criticised for not performing for Argentina. This year’s edition might just be the right time to shut his critics. A firing Aguero would itself make Argentina hot favourites for the World Cup.
Aguero is not the undisputed star nor is Dybala because of a presence of a certain Lionel Messi. The little Barcelona star needs no introduction to the world let alone the football world. Impressive as ever and threatening as ever, Messi is the sole reason behind Argentina’s presence in the world cup. It was Messi who scored the crucial hattrick as Argentina qualified for the world cup. Messi and Argentina nearly won the World Cup in Brazil before Mario Gotze stepped up; however, this time around, now at the peak of his powers, Messi will be hoping to go one better this time.