FINALS / QUALIFYING CAMPAIGNS
FIRST FWC: 1930 LAST FWC: 2014
BEST ACHIEVEMENT: Champion 1978, 1986
The Argentinian led Chile to the knockout stages at Brazil 2014, and his brand of high-tempo pressing football has now helped his home country to Russia 2018. Sampaoli was La Albiceleste’s third coach in a tumultuous qualifying campaign, with the 2015 Copa America winner finding the right formula to reach Russia.
Considered one of the best footballers in history, Messi has been voted FIFA’s player of the year on five separate occasions. Argentina’s captain and all-time leading goalscorer will be making his fourth World Cup appearance at Russia 2018.