Argentina FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

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Argentina limped through World Cup qualifying, but thanks to Lionel Messi they have made it to Russia. With him in the team they have more than a chance against any opponent, and there is no doubt La Albiceleste will be keen to make up for the final heartbreak they suffered to Germany four years ago. 

It is likely to be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup. He has been a part of a strong Argentina side that have come close to silverware, but always seem to falter at the final hurdle. Messi will need the support of his teammates in Russia if they are to get close to the world title.

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A World Cup update is coming to FIFA 18, and you have the opportunity to pick up a first World Cup since 1986. RealSport has a complete guide to plot your way to World Cup glory. 


Team rating

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Argentina have a 5 star rating on FIFA 18. This is made up an 86 attack, 83 midfield and 81 defence.

Argentina’s potential World Cup fixtures


Group Stage




Round of 16








Brazil or France

Argentina’s generous group stage draw means that a trip to the quarterfinals will be the minimum target in Russia. That said, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria are dangerous opponents for different reasons, and although La Albiceleste will be aiming for nine points from nine in the group stage, they will need to be at their best to do so.

Messi & co. should sail through the Round of 16 with Denmark the likely opposition. The quarters bring a huge step up in quality as the heavyweights of Spain look to be waiting. If Argentina can negotiate La Roja, they will still need to defeat world champions Germany and then either Brazil or France to claim the trophy. 



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The default system for Argentina is a 4-3-3 defend, but we have decided to move this up to 4-3-3 attack. With limited defensive options you could opt for a three at the back formation or go very bold with an aggressive 4-2-4.

Manchester United’s Sergio Romero takes his place in goal, as Pablo Zabaleta, Federico Fazio, the solid Nicolas Otamendi (86 standing tackle) and Marcos Rojo make up the back four. 


Lucas Biglia and Ever Banega are the central midfielders, with the dangerous Paulo Dybala (91 agility) operating in the number 10 position. 

The GOAT Lionel Messi (95 finishing) is the first name on the team sheet out and on the right wing. He's joined in attack by target man Gonzalo Higuain (86 heading accuracy) and the flying (92 agility) Angel Di Maria. The 87-rated Sergio Aguero has to make do with a place on the bench. 

For your substitutes go for Geronimo Rulli, Javier Mascherano, Gabriel Mercado, Javier Pastore, Alejandro Gomez, Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi. 


There should be one thing on your mind when taking to the field with Argentina. Get the ball to Lionel Messi. The right winger or striker has unbelievable stats (97 composure, 97 dribbling) and you will want him on the ball as close to the goal as possible.

To ensure this, head to the instructions tab and change his defensive support to ‘stay forward’ and chance creation should be altered to ‘cut inside’.

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Paulo Dybala has the capacity to replicate what Messi has done for Argentina, but in a different position. The Juventus attacking midfielder has an 87 overall rating on the World Cup update, and to maximise this you should change his positioning freedom to ‘free roam’.

Argentina have a frightening front four, but this will need to be balanced out. One option is tell one or both of your central midfielders to ‘stay back while attacking’, or you can give the same instructions to your full backs. 

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The elusive trophy

Lionel Messi has won it all. La Liga, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, even the Olympics, but the World Cup has been a stumbling block for the Argentine superstar. Messi will turn 31 during the tournament, meaning it's likely that this will be the last time we see him on the world stage.

The Barcelona forward is regarded by many as the best to have ever played the game, but the one thing that he cannot herald is a World Cup winners’ medal. He single-handedly hauled Argentina to the final four years ago, but he lacked support from his teammates. This time around, the team is weaker, and the task at hand is greater. Can you deliver that World Cup trophy for Messi on FIFA 18 in what could be his final international tournament? 


Argentina squad player ratings

Player Age Pos Club OVR
Sergio Romero31GKManchester United82
Geronimo Rulli25GKReal Sociedad80
Nahuel Guzman32GKTigres78
Nicolas Otamendi30CBManchester City86
Federico Fazio31CBRoma82
Marcos Rojo28CB LBManchester United81
Ezequiel Garay28CBValencia81
Mateo Musacchio27CBAC Milan81
Pablo Zabaleta33RB CBWest Ham78
Gabriel Mercado31RB CBSevilla77
Ramiro Funes Mori27CBEverton77
Emmanuel Mas29LBBoca Juniors77
Facundo Roncaglia31CB RBCelta Vigo76
Fabricio Bustos22RBIndependiente74
Paulo Dybala24CAM STJuventus87
Javier Pastore28CM LW RWPSG83
Ever Banega29CM CAMSevilla82
Lucas Biglia32CDM CMAC Milan82
Javier Mascherano33CDM CM CBHebei China Fortune81
Roberto Pereyra27CM CAM LMWatford80
Leandro Paredes23CM CDMZenit80
Augusto Fernandez32CMBeijing Renhe80
Fernando Belluschi34CAM CMSan Lorenzo80
Matias Kranevitter25CDM CMZenit78
Guido Pizarro28CDM CMSevilla78
Enzo Perez32CM CDMRiver Plate77
Lionel Messi30RW CF CAMBarcelona94
Gonzalo Higuain30STJuventus88
Sergio Aguero29STManchester City87
Angel Di Maria30LW RW CAMPSG85
Mauro Icardi25STInter Milan85
Alejandro Gomez30LW CAMAtalanta84
Angel Correa23ST RWAtletico Madrid80
Eduardo Salvio27RWBenfica80
Ezequiel Lavezzi33LW RWHebei China Fortune80
Marcos Acuna26LWSporting79
Lucas Pratto29STRiver Plate79
Dario Benedetto28STBoca Juniors79
Emiliano Rigoni25RW LWZenit79
Erik Lamela26RWTottenham78
Nicolas Gaitan30LWDalian Yifang78
Lautaro Acosta30LW RWLanus78