Who will partner Messi in attack?
Is the best form of defense a good offense? While Argentina's greatest concern ahead of the 2010 World Cup continues to be its vulnerable defense, head coach
Argentina boasts arguably the best attack in the world. But while Barcelona superstar
Maradona called up 94 different players since the beginning of his regime 14 months ago, but he knows the time has come when he must make important decisions. For now, it appears Real Madrid's
When Maradona finalizes his 23-man roster for South Africa (so far he has confirmed only Messi,
Here are the top 10 candidates vying for a place in Argentina's attack, in descending order of their likelihood of lining up next to Messi when Argentina opens its World Cup against Nigeria on June 12:
Agüero, who partnered Messi in the attack as Argentina claimed the gold medal at the '08 Summer Olympics, is blessed with tremendous talent -- more so than many of his teammates -- but needs to demonstrate the necessary hunger to warrant a World Cup place, and possibly even a starting role. Narrowly missing out on a place in Argentina's Germany '06 squad couldn't be a greater motivation for "Kun."
That goal further verified that Palermo is one of the most prolific strikers in Argentine soccer history, and even if he decided to play most part of his career in his homeland with Boca Juniors, few players can match his achievements. The injury-prone Palermo performed poorly for Boca last year -- at least by his high standards -- but still managed 19 goals.
Barrios' sensational form hasn't gone unnoticed by the Argentine press, but the fact that he has never represented his country before may be a good enough excuse for Maradona to discard him. Will he receive an opportunity to impress in any of the pre-World Cup friendlies?
What about some other players who have suited up for Maradona during his tenure?
The same goes for