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

Argentina are one of the outsiders for the World Cup, but can you deliver with Messi's men in Russia on FIFA 18?


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.

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

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

Iceland

Croatia

Nigeria

Round of 16

Denmark

Quarterfinal

Spain

Semifinal

Germany

Final

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. 

Formation

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. 

Tactics

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’.

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. 

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

Goalkeepers

Sergio Romero

31

GK

Manchester United

82

Geronimo Rulli

25

GK

Real Sociedad

80

Nahuel Guzman

32

GK

Tigres

78

Defenders

Nicolas Otamendi

30

CB

Manchester City

86

Federico Fazio

31

CB

Roma

82

Marcos Rojo

28

CB

LB

Manchester United

81

Ezequiel Garay

28

CB

Valencia

81

Mateo Musacchio

27

CB

AC Milan

81

Pablo Zabaleta

33

RB
CB

West Ham

78

Gabriel Mercado

31

RB

CB

Sevilla

77

Ramiro Funes Mori

27

CB

Everton

77

Emmanuel Mas

29

LB

Boca Juniors

77

Facundo Roncaglia

31

CB
RB

Celta Vigo

76

Fabricio Bustos

22

RB

Independiente

74

Midfielders

Paulo Dybala

24

CAM
ST

Juventus

87

Javier Pastore

28

CM
LW
RW

PSG

83

Ever Banega

29

CM
CAM

Sevilla

82

Lucas Biglia

32

CDM
CM

AC Milan

82

Javier Mascherano

33

CDM
CM
CB

Hebei China Fortune

81

Roberto Pereyra

27

CM
CAM
LM

Watford

80

Leandro Paredes

23

CM
CDM

Zenit

80

Augusto Fernandez

32

CM

Beijing Renhe

80

Fernando Belluschi

34

CAM
CM

San Lorenzo

80

Matias Kranevitter

25

CDM
CM

Zenit

78

Guido Pizarro

28

CDM
CM

Sevilla

78

Enzo Perez

32

CM
CDM

River Plate

77

Attackers

Lionel Messi

30

RW
CF
CAM

Barcelona

94

Gonzalo Higuain

30

ST

Juventus

88

Sergio Aguero

29

ST

Manchester City

87

Angel Di Maria

30

LW
RW
CAM

PSG

85

Mauro Icardi

25

ST

Inter Milan

85

Alejandro Gomez

30

LW
CAM

Atalanta

84

Angel Correa

23

ST

RW

Atletico Madrid

80

Eduardo Salvio

27

RW

Benfica

80

Ezequiel Lavezzi

33

LW
RW

Hebei China Fortune

80

Marcos Acuna

26

LW

Sporting

79

Lucas Pratto

29

ST

River Plate

79

Dario Benedetto

28

ST

Boca Juniors

79

Emiliano Rigoni

25

RW
LW

Zenit

79

Erik Lamela

26

RW

Tottenham

78

Nicolas Gaitan

30

LW

Dalian Yifang

78

Lautaro Acosta

30

LW
RW

Lanus

78

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