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Argentina's Olympic heroes, 10 years on

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Argentina's 2008 Olympic gold-winning heroes: Where are they now?

Argentina's last title was won a full decade ago, when they claimed gold in the Olympic men's football final on Aug. 23, 2008.

A group featuring several future superstars beat Nigeria 1-0 in Beijing to seal first place and was expected to go on and add more international trophies.

ESPN FC takes a look at coach Sergio Batista's squad and sees what has happened to each player in the years since.

Sergio Romero

Manchester United's No. 2 started the 2014 World Cup final as well as the 2015 and 2016...

 By Sam Kelly

Lionel Messi 6/10, Marcos Rojo 4/10 as Argentina bow out to France

Argentina exited the World Cup in a thrilling start to the knockout stage in Kazan, in a match in which both defences looked vulnerable but only Argentina's was seriously tested. For one of the oldest squads at Russia 2018, a rebuilding project is surely not far away, with another disappointing display from 2014's runners-up underlining the scale of the task at hand.

Positives

They've been put out of their suffering.

Negatives

A chaotic tactical setup which leaves serious question marks over Jorge...

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Argentina's Javier Mascherano announces retirement from international football

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has announced his retirement from international football after his side's World Cup-ending 4-3 loss to France in the round of 16 on Saturday.

"This story has ended. We gave it our everything until the end," the former Barcelona and Liverpool man told reporters after the match.

"It was a crazy match, in which we didn't start well but we recovered and we turned it around. But their tying goal did so much damage to us.

"It cost us so much to lift ourselves up...

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Lionel Messi must stay with Argentina despite World Cup exit - Mascherano

Argentina veteran Javier Mascherano urged star Lionel Messi to stay on with the Albiceleste despite Saturday's 4-3 World Cup round of 16 loss to France. 

Messi, who turned 31 during his fourth and possibly final World Cup, set up a pair of goals, but again failed to score in a knockout match at the biggest event in soccer. He did not speak to the media following the loss. 

And while his teammates, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, both announced their retirement from international duty,...

 By Tim Vickery

Argentina's Javier Mascherano is older, slower but still utterly indispensable

Like a proud and aging bantamweight boxer, Javier Mascherano ended Argentina's match against Nigeria bloodied but unbowed.

Argentina just managed to stay alive in the competition, beating the Super Eagles with a late Marcos Rojo strike on a night when so many roads led to their veteran No. 14. Mascherano was a symbol of the evening -- for good reasons and bad.

Some 15 years ago, he made his debut for Argentina -- before he had even played a game for his club side, River Plate. Argentina knew they...

 By Sam Kelly

Lionel Messi, Ever Banega 8/10 as Argentina edge past Nigeria

They did it by the skin of their teeth, but they did it: Argentina are into the second round of the World Cup following a hair-raising group finale against Nigeria in which a far more fluid performance finally saw them claim their first victory of the tournament. It wasn't a perfect 2-1 win but it just might be the boost Argentina have needed.

Positives

Qualification, of course, and also the regularity with which Messi got the ball higher up the pitch, even in a second half that saw the team...