The long qualifiers, all the suffering to get a place in the World Cup, all the controversy about who was going to be in the list and who was out...all is in the past.
Argentina's 23 arrived at Pretoria on Saturday headed by the best football player that ever lived.
A possible lineup for the debut vs Nigeria ?
Some say it could be this one : Romero; Jonás Gutiérrez, Demichelis, Samuel, Heinze; Verón, Mascherano, Di María; Tevez, Messi, Higuaín.
A clear 4-3-3, very offensive.
Others talk about a more cautious 4-4-2 :
Romero;Nicolás Otamendi, Demichelis, Samuel, Gabriel Heinze; Jonas Gutierrez, Javier Mascherano, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ángel Di María; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín.
Maradona announced today that there won't be any contact with the press until late this week, so not much will be known until then.
This is the complete confirmed list of Argentina's 23 warriors with the confirmed numbers they will use :
1. Diego Pozo (Colon, Argentina)
2. Martín Demichelis (Bayern Munchen, Germany)
3. Clemente Rodríguez (Estudiantes de La Plata, Argentina)
4. Nicolás Burdisso (AS Roma, Italy)
5. Mario Bolatti (Palermo, Italy)
6. Gabriel Heinze (Olympique de Marseille, France)
7. Ángel Di María (Benfica, Portugal)
8. Juan Sebastián Verón (Estudiantes de La Plata, Argentina)
9. Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid, Spain)
10. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain)
11. Carlos Tévez (Manchester City, England)
12. Ariel Garcé (Colon, Argentina)
13. Walter Samuel (Internazionale, Italy)
14. Javier Mascherano (Liverpool, England)
15. Nicolás Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield, Argentina)
16. Sergio Agüero (Atletico de Madrid, Spain)
17. Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle, England)
18. Martín Palermo (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
19. Diego Milito (Internazionale, Italy)
20. Maxi Rodríguez (Liverpool, England)
21. Mariano Andújar (Catania, Italy)
22. Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar, Holland)
23. Javier Pastore (Palermo, Italy)