Argentina at the 2018 World Cup: Schedule, scores, how to watch Lionel Messi, TV and live stream, players to watch

The 2018 World Cup is underway. CBS Sports will have you covered for each game, all the important news and more, as well as profiles of all of the teams.

At 30 years of age, this may have been the last World Cup for Lionel Messi with Argentina. The team's cup run, which lacked a positive showing, concluded on Saturday in the round of 16 with a painful 4-3 defeat to France, though Argentina did hold a 2-1 lead just after halftime.

Find out all you need to know about Argentina's World Cup below.

Competition history

World Cup appearances: 17
Best finish: Two-time champions (1978, 1986)
Last World Cup: Runners-up in 2014


Saturday, June 16: Argentina 1, Iceland 1
Thursday, June 21: Croatia 3, Argentina 0
Tuesday, June 26: Argentina 2, Nigeria 1

Saturday, June 30: France 4, Argentina 3 in round of 16


This may be Messi's last realistic chance at winning a World Cup. Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla),Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federica Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP)

Midfielders: Enzo Perez (River Playe), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors).

Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus).

Best player

Lionel Messi,and it isn't even close. He's the top scorer in national team history and is well on his way to cementing his legacy as the best player the world has ever seen. Some feel he needs a World Cup to validate that status, but there's no doubt this team goes as Messi does.

After all, he's the reason why they qualified for the World Cup. Don't you remember what he did when they needed a win in Ecuador on the last matchday of qualifying?

See for yourself:

Player to watch

Paulo Dybala: The Juventus superstar is arguably the most talented player Argentina has after Messi. He is similar in his ability to slice up a defense and score on his own, but he also has the vision to set up others and the speed to make defenses lose sleep the night before a game. It's been tricky for Sampaoli to get Dybala and Messi on the field together and mesh, but if he can, watch out. 

If Argentina can get Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi on the same page, they're a dangerous team to beat. Getty Images

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