Lionel Messi, with his measly 105 international caps, is set to square up against 106-cap Diego Simeone in the Champions League quarter finals.
International legend, Olympic silver medalist and two-time Copa América champion Simeone currently manages Atlético Madrid, which he famously led to the Champions League final in 2014 after defeating Barça en route, only to lose to arch-rivals Real Madrid 4-1 after extra time.
Messi, who needs no introduction, will be fighting alongside fellow Argentine and all round anus-tearer Javier Mascherano against their countrymen; goalgetters Luciano Vietto and Ángel Correa alongside defensive mids Augusto Fernández and Matías Kranevitter, after Barça defeated Arsenal in the last round and Atléti had to rely on penalties to beat PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands after two 0-0 draws with the Dutch team.
Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone attempts to rip Real defender Raphaël Varane’s throat out in the Champions League Final. What a character.
Barcelona is the undoubted favorite, having won six of its last six against Atlético with Madrid picking up four red cards in those fixtures, and the Catalans lead the Madrileños 8 points in La Liga.
Elsewhere there are more Argentines pitted against each other, which’ll naturally dictate the pecking order next time they’re all training with La Selección, with Sergio Agüero, Nicolás Otamendi, Martín Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City drawn against Paris Saint Germain’s Ángel Di María and Javier Pastore in a fixture that is genuinely way too close to call, but with up to six Argentines taking to the field there’s no doubt the match will be closely followed by La Selección’s manager Gerardo Martino.
The first round of fixtures is due to take place on Tuesday April 5th and Wednesday April 6th with the return legs a week later. Most of the aforementioned players, excluding Luciano Vietto, will be meeting up before this, however, with the World Cup Qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia on Thursday March 24th and Tuesday March 29th, respectively.