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How have Argentina performed without Lionel Messi?

2:29 pm AEDT 4/2/22
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Goal takes a look at Argentina's performance without their captain Lionel Messi...

Lionel Messi, unsurprisingly, has been a key part of Argentina's resurgence in the last 8-10 years. Messi has been the driving force behind the side which reached a World Cup final in 2014, reached multiple Copa America finals and won the same last year.

And that good form has continued even now.

In fact, they have been unbeaten in their last 29 international matches with their last defeat coming back in Copa America 2019 in the semi-final against Brazil. Lionel Messi, who returned from international retirement in 2017, has been their talisman.

Since 2005- when Messi made his international debut- the South American side has played 158 internationals with Messi in the side. They won 115 of those games, with a win percentage of 72.78.

Argentina have also played 54 times without Messi in this period. Out of this, they won 30, drew 12 times and lost on as many occasions.

Here we take a look at how Argentina performed without Messi in the 17 years.

Date

Match

Competition

Result

11/11/2005

England 3-2 Argentina

International friendly

L

7/2/2007

France 0-1 Argentina

International friendly

W

19/4/2007

Argentina 0-0 Chile

International friendly

D

26/3/2008

Egypt 0-2 Argentina

International friendly

W

20/8/2008

Belarus 0-0 Argentina

International friendly

D

19/11/2008

Scotland 0-1 Argentina

International friendly

W

20/5/2009

Argentina 3-1 Panama

International friendly

W

12/8/2009

Russia 2-3 Argentina

International friendly

W

1/10/2009

Argentina 2-0 Ghana

International friendly

W

27/1/2010

Argentina 3-2 Costa Rica

International friendly

W

11/2/2010

Argentina 2-1 Jamaica

International friendly

W

5/5/2010

Argentina 4-0 Haiti

International friendly

W

24/5/2010

Argentina 5-0 Canada

International friendly

W

16/3/2011

Argentina 4-1 Venezuela

International friendly

W

21/4/2011

Argentina 2-2 Ecuador

International friendly

D

25/5/2011

Argentina 4-2 Paraguay

International friendly

W

1/6/2011

Nigeria 4-1 Argentina

International friendly

L

5/6/2011

Poland 2-1 Argentina

International friendly

L

15/9/2011

Argentina 0-0 Brazil

International friendly

D

29/9/2011

Brazil 2-0 Argentina

International friendly

L

20/9/2012

Brazil 2-1 Argentina

International friendly

L

22/11/2012

Argentina 2-1 Brazil

International friendly

W

14/8/2013

Italy 1-2 Argentina

International friendly

W

12/10/2013

Argentina 3-1 Peru

2014 World Cup qualifiers

W

16/10/2013

Uruguay 3-2 Argentina

2014 World Cup qualifiers

L

16/11/2013

Ecuador 0-0 Argentina

International friendly

D

19/11/2013

Bosnia 0-2 Argentina

International friendly

W

3/9/2014

Germany 2-4 Argentina

International friendly

W

7/6/2015

Argentina 5-0 Bolivia

International friendly

W

9/10/2015

Argentina 0-2 Ecuador

2018 World Cup qualifiers

L

14/10/2015

Paraguay 0-0 Argentina

2018 World Cup qualifiers

D

14/11/2015

Argentina 1-1 Brazil

2018 World Cup qualifiers

D

17/11/2015

Colombia 0-1 Argentina

2018 World Cup qualifiers

W

7/9/2016

Venezuela 2-2 Argentina

2018 World Cup qualifiers

D

7/10/2016

Peru 2-2 Argentina

2018 World Cup qualifiers

D

12/10/2016

Argentina 0-1 Paraguay

2018 World Cup qualifiers

L

28/3/2017

Bolivia 2-0 Argentina

2018 World Cup qualification

L

13/6/2017

Singapore 0-6 Argentina

International friendlies

W

14/11/2017

Nigeria 4-2 Argentina

International friendlies

L

23/3/2018

Italy 0-2 Argentina

International friendlies

W

27/3/2018

Spain 6-1 Argentina

International friendlies

L

8/9/2018

Guatemala 0-3 Argentina

International friendlies

W

12/9/2018

Colombia 0-0 Argentina

International friendlies

D

11/10/2018

Iraq 0-4 Argentina

International friendlies

W

16/10/2018

Brazl 1-0 Argentina

International friendlies

L

17/11/2018

Argentina 2-0 Mexico

International friendlies

W

21/11/2018

Argentina 2-0 Mexico

International friendlies

W

26/3/2019

Morocco 0-1 Argentina

International friendlies

W

6/9/2019

Chile 0-0 Argentina

International friendlies

D

11/9/2019

Mexico 0-4 Argentina

International friendlies

W

9/10/2019

Germany 2-2 Argentina

International friendlies

D

13/10/2019

Ecuador 1-6 Argentina

International friendlies

W

28/1/2022

Chile 1-2 Argentina

2022 World Cup qualifiers

W

2/2/2022

Argentina 1-0 Colombia

2022 World Cup qualifiers

W

Total

30W, 12D, 12L