As we approach the 60 day mark, it seems appropriate to appraise the team that has three forwards who are having unforgettable seasons. Argentina, led by iconic manager Diego Maradona, possess arguably the most fearsome attacking trio in the World Cup: Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, and Lionel Messi.
Carlos Tevez left Manchester United under controversy mostly due to his own feeling of being unwanted and under appreciated by Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson. A move to crosstown rivals Manchester City lost him his entire fan base of United fans, however he quickly has established himself as a legend for City as he is leading the team in scoring with over twenty goals, spearheading City’s Champions League chase. Tevez, who hails from the ruthlessly rough neighborhood of Fuerte Apache in Buenos Aires, has revitalized his career with dazzling displays for the City Blues and looks to take his club form into South Africa.
When Real Madrid signed Karim Benzema this past summer from Olympique Lyonnais for over 30 million Euros, few wondered what would happen to striker Gonzalo Higuain. Simply an afterthought to the big signings of last summer, Higuain dug in and produced a season that has been the utmost of surprises. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, and Benzema making all the headlines for simply putting on the Madrid uniform, Higuain has been the team’s most valuable player as he leads the club in scoring. Higuain has replaced Benzema as the team’s striker of the future, and will be hoping to keep up his strong play against Barcelona in ‘El Clasico’ this weekend to secure Madrid the La Liga title. Higuain’s renaissance this year has been huge for the struggling Argentina squad, as the striker has scored in every game that he has played for Maradona’s side. His ability to play up top and work well with his wingers make him a perfect target man to mesh with Tevez and Messi.
What more has to be said about Lionel Messi? The 22 year old Ballon d’Or winner absolutely demolished Arsenal in the Champions League with a 20 minute first half hat-trick which was followed up by an embarassing fourth goal in the 2nd half. Messi is a rare player who at such a young age, is destined to become the best ever. His touch on the ball, speed, intelligence, and arrogance allow him to try things on the pitch that few others even think about. Messi is leading La Liga in scoring and it seems destined that the World’s best player will light up the world cup this summer with his Argentine compatriots.
This trio in theory alone is devastating but with the form that each has been in for the past season taken into consideration, it looks as if nobody can look past Argentina this summer. Throw in the midfield monster Javier Macherano and the inspiration of Diego Maradona as head coach, and this team looks frightening. Some say Spain has the most lethal attack in the world but after this season, my money is on Argentina.
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