Argentina's World Cup hopes will rest on Captain Lionel Messi, who while drawing comparison to the sport's greatest-ever players, has yet to secure a World Cup win. With quarterfinal exits in recent World Cups, Messi and a talented offence also led by Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria and Manchester City forward Sergio Agüero are looking for better results. Argentina will play Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria in group stages and it has an easy path to the knockout round. If Argentina's World Cup hopes are high heading into Brazil, the country's economic prospects look dire over the next 12-24 months.
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