Otamendi makes Argentina national team history – Benfica

The Benfica player has become the second central defender in the history of Argentina with the most caps (97), with Oscar Ruggeri

In the 2-1 victory over Australia in the round of 16 of the World Cup, Otamendi became the second central defender in the history of Argentina with the most caps (97), alongside by Oscar Ruggeri, world champion in 1986 Incidentally, it is a feat that the Benfica defender also dreams of equaling in Qatar and with the same number on his jersey: 19.

The Eagles captain has the margin to become the centre-back with the most caps for the Alviceleste, overtaking Ayala, who has represented his country 115 times. Mascherano, with 147 appearances, played a few games as a centre-back but played mostly as a midfielder which is why he was left out of the counts.

Otamendi is preparing for another round of a race he has been focusing on for a long time. “I prepared a lot for this World Cup. I mentalized myself for it and I’m living a fantastic moment,” he said after the last meeting.

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