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The Argentine national team has one of the most illustrious records of any country in the world cup history. With two world cup trophies, Argentina has brought some of the best strikers on the football pitch of the world stage.
Over the years from goalkeepers to goal-scorers, defenders to playmakers, all manners of stars have pulled on the blue and white shirt. Although the number 10 shirt is special in the nation, those wearing number 9 have also granted as heroes.
We are here discussing 5 greatest Argentine strikers in the world cup history.
5. Luis Artime
He is not very well known outside his native South America. However, Luis Artime is one of the deadliest Argentine strikers in team history. He won the national titles in both Argentina and Uruguay as well as Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup titles with Montevideo’s Nacional.
He scored 24 goals in 25 games for the Seleccion with an incredible strike rate of 0.96 per match. While playing world cup three of those goals came and he became the leader of the offensive line for one of Argentina’s historically underrated teams.
In 1966, Luis Artime netted three goals in his nation’s four appearances. Those included a memorable double to down dangerous Spain side in the group stages.
Luis Artime got retired in 1974.
4. Claudio Caniggia
He is not an out and out striker, unlike any other names. Holding jersey no 7 he was more than a second striker. By linking between midfield and attack, he was mobile, intelligent, and the blonde superstar in the Argentina team.
In 1990 and 1994 world cup, Caniggia’s partnership with Diego Maradona was one of the most dynamic and exciting duos in the tournament’s history.
Claudio’s goal against Brazil was one of the four notches in the world cup tournaments.
3. Guillermo Stabile
Guillermo Stabile had played one tournament, but it was certainly a memorable one.
He was compared to the France great Just Fontaine.
He had his international debut in 1930. Guillermo Stabile is the one who scored the nation’s first world cup hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Mexico.
In this tournament, he bagged incredible 8 goals in 4 matches as Argentina went down to final to meet host Uruguay. The final was his last match to play. He moved to Genoa and that was the end of his glittering career. Nevertheless, he stayed in the list of greatest Argentine strikers.
2. Mario Kempes
Mario Kempes reached such acclaim that he has a stadium named after his. This recognition was achieved for his part in bringing home Argentina’s first world cup in 1978.
Mario Kempes was the nation’s only overseas-based player as Argentina hosted the event under the direction of Cesar Luis Menotti. He justified his place by scoring six goals despite not scoring in the first three matches.
In the final match against Netherlands Kempes hit double assuring his legacy in Argentine folklore.
1. Gabriel Batistuta
Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta was one of the 1990s great Argentine strikers. He has a unique distinction of scoring two world cup hat-tricks for Argentina national team.
The striker scored 10 goals in his three world cups, which is more than any other Argentine strikers.
He built his record scoring 56 goals in Argentina jersey that is still out of reach for current captain Lionel Messi..