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Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and the 6 Best Argentine Footballers of All Time
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Like only a small handful of other football strips, the sky blue and white stripes of the Argentina shirt carry an unmistakable aura.

As with the noble azure of Italy or the flamboyant yellow of Brazil, the Albiceleste colors invoke a particular sentiment.

Argentinians exude a blend of elegance and grit, a sense of rough-edged panache that produces both beauty and unpredictability on the football pitch.

This reputation is born of more than a century of powerful Argentine national sides who have won honors at South American and international level, a strong domestic league that is passionately supported and intensely contested and also from the long line of wonderful footballers to emerge from the country who embody precisely these characteristics.

Argentina's place in the footballing pantheon comes courtesy of a cluster of talismanic players who lit up the footballing world from the Americas to Europe at both club and international level.

Here we count down the greatest half-dozen of them all.  

 

 

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