Lionel Messi, left, and Carlos Tevez, won't play together this summer, with the latter being left out of Argentina's World Cup roster. (Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images)
Go ahead and throw Carlos Tevez's name right near the top of the "Best Players Not In The World Cup" list.
Tevez was omitted from Argentina's 30-man provisional World Cup roster, a noteworthy development but something that had long been expected given his extended absence under current manager Alejandro Sabella. Tevez turned in a prolific first season at Juventus after completing his move from Manchester City, scoring 21 goals in all competitions and 19 in Serie A. He had yet to be called in by Sabella since he took over as manager in 2011.
Argentina is not lacking for firepower without Tevez, who scored twice vs. Mexico in the 2010 World Cup knockout stage, as the Albiceleste boast Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Rodrigo Palacio.
Esteban Cambiasso is another Argentine veteran who did not make the cut, as Argentina aims for its third World Cup and its first since 1986. Messi & Co. play in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F.
Here is Argentina's roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Mariano Andujar (Catania), Sergio Romero (Monaco), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors)
DEFENDERS: Lisandro Lopez (Getafe), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)
MIDFIELDERS: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Ricky Alvarez (Inter Milan), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ever Banega (Newell's Old Boys), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Fabian Rinaudo (Catania)
FORWARDS: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG), Franco Di Santo (Werder Bremen)