England manager Roy Hodgson picked Javier Mascherano as his choice for this year's award and left out Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of his top three.
Two-time winners of the World Cup, Argentina last triumphed in 1986 and have made the quarter-finals in each of the last two competitions. Lionel Messi is their standout player but they have other players that have been known in the major European leagues such as Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.
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Manchester City have now entered the race to sign Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Manchester United winger Angel di Maria has been recognised for an exceptional year by Argentina’s sports journalists.
Jamaica face a daunting task having been drawn alongside Argentina in Group B of Copa America.
The draw for next summer's Copa America has just been made, and it looks like being a great round of group games.
Federico Fazio was delighted to have played for Argentina over the international break, and now he needs to step up for Tottenham Hotspur.
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano names Manchester United winger Angel di Maria in his top three candidates to win the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Manchester United's Angel Di Maria impressed the Old Trafford crowd in Argentina's clash with Portugal on Tuesday.
United's record signing was on the receiving end of a robust challenge during Argentina's defeat to Portugal from Nani, who is currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon from United.
Tottenham Hotspur attacker Erik Lamela is on his way back to London following Argentina’s 1-0 defeat to Portugal at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.
The England manager is earning more money than 30 of the other managers in Brazil this month.
Brazil icon Pele says it'll be hard to split Real Madrid & Barcelona stars at the FIFA World Cup for Portugal and Argentina on individual performance alone.
The former Manchester United man believes that, even if Argentina win the World Cup, Lionel Messi's form means Diego Maradona will go down as the country's no.1.
Manchester United winger Angel di Maria played for Real Madrid for four years, during which time he formed a formidable on-pitch relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite obvious frailties, Argentina look well placed to win football’s ultimate prize at the home of their great South American rivals.
Manchester City strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are likely to face each other when Argentina face Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Maracana on Sunday.
Here are some surprising facts about different coaches of the World Cup teams, which features a name check for Sheffield United.
Bayern Munich's former United target impressive, while former Liverpool star Mascherano was also exemplary with his passing accuracy.
Alejandro Sabella's Argentina side do enough to see off 'dark horses' Belgium in a 1-0 victory.
Javier Mascherano continued his great form as Argentina secured a place in the World Cup final on Sunday against Germany .