Former Dundee star Claudio Caniggia has urged the current Argentina side not to be a one-man team in Russia this summer.
The Argentines got their World Cup campaign under way on Saturday against Iceland but could only manage a draw.
Today they face Croatia and will hope to kick-start their campaign.
Caniggia went to three World Cups – almost returning for a fourth at the age of 42 in 2010 – and arrived to much fanfare at Dundee in 2000.
He says his country’s best chance of winning it all for the first time since 1986 is if Lionel Messi’s supporting cast step up to the plate.
The 51-year-old rose to international prominence during the 1990 World Cup in Italy alongside Argentina great Diego Maradona and insists the difference between that side and today’s is the expectation on the other players.
Caniggia said: “Messi doesn’t get the same support from his team-mates Maradona did.
“I knew Maradona was the complete footballing genius but I didn’t think about keeping up with him. Never.
“Every player has a responsibility, even those who don’t play much.
“You can’t give all the responsibility to Messi, because then what’s the point of you being there?
“Imagine if I’d thought in 1990 the world champions had to carry me through. No! Carry us? We’re in it together.
“I’m Argentina’s striker and I have to drag them through it, too.
“That was my responsibility. You’ve got to have character, determination, ambition and impulse.”
Argentina are fifth in the betting to lift the trophy and Caniggia believes they can do it, particularly with the talent they have up top.
With Messi, Gonzalo Higuain – who has come under fire for his performances for his country – Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria to choose from, goals shouldn’t be a problem. Defensively, however, they could come unstuck.
“What’s in our favour is the best attacking players can put fear into anyone,” added Caniggia.
“Their names alone unsettle the opposition. The other teams don’t think ‘Higuain is being criticised in Argentina’. They think: ‘he’s Juventus’ top goalscorer’.”
“Our weak point is we’re still not solid at the back, and there are still a couple of places up for grabs.”
Caniggia was in his early thirties by the time he arrived at Dens Park in 2000 and remarkably had the chance to play at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“We’ll never know now but to play 30 minutes would have been perfect. I was in good shape and I hadn’t lost my pace. But I couldn’t decide, and later I regretted it. It would’ve been unbelievable to play.”