Argentina go into this summer's World Cup looking to get beyond the quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years.
That statistic seems barely possible when you look at the stream of players that have represented the Albiceleste since that final defeat to Germany in 1990.
Gabriel Batistuta, Roberto Ayala, Hernan Crespo, Juan Sebastian Veron and Diego Simeone are just a chosen few of a host of players who could be perceived to have under-achieved on the highest stage with one of the most prestigious football nations in the world.
This year Argentina once again go into a World Cup with a dazzling array of talent which also happens to include the man that most believe to be the best player in the world.
But captain Lionel Messi will not be bearing the hopes of a nation entirely on his own as he is surrounded by a stellar cast of attacking team-mates.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Paris St Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi will come into the tournament having played major roles in their teams' domestic title triumphs while Gonzalo Higuain and Rodrigo Palacio have both impressed at Napoli and Inter Milan this season.
It is just a pity for head coach Alejandro Sabella that he can only realistically pick three of those five to lead his attack with Messi, Aguero and Higuain the men likely to get the nod.
Real Madrid playmaker Angel Di Maria will also provide attacking spark from midfield in a side so blessed with offensive riches that Carlos Tevez and Javier Pastore did not even make the 30-man provisional squad, although neither has even been in the frame under Sabella's tenure.
Javier Mascherano will provide the steel in midfield despite his switch to centre-half when playing for Barcelona but it is the third man in the midfield three that could provide Sabella with a headache.
Fernando Gago suffered a knee injury playing for Boca Juniors in April and his full fitness for the tournament opener against Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 15 is yet to be assured.
Ever Banega or Lucas Biglia could slot in as his replacement but neither have the two-way quality of Gago and Sabella will be hoping his second enforcer recovers in time.
Sergio Romero is likely to keep his place in goal although an inability to displace Danijel Subasic while on loan at Monaco has meant he is severely lacking in first-team football. That could open the door for Catania's Mariano Andujar who played under Sabella while at Estudiantes.
Another Estudiantes alumni with a more certain chance of starting is Napoli centre-half Federico Fernandez who will partner Benfica's Ezequiel Garay in the middle.
Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta is a certainty to start at right-back after his sterling efforts at the Etihad over the past couple of seasons but the other side is where concerns may be raised.
Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo is another of Sabella's Estudiantes proteges but plays primarily as a centre-half in the Portuguese capital and looks to be the weak link in a back-line that could be considered the weakest part of the team.
The fitness of Gago and the performance of a defence that could be called erratic will both be important factors for Argentina this summer but the key to their chances will, inevitably, lie with Messi.
The Barcelona playmaker controlled the side in 2010 and earned a Golden Ball nomination but vitally failed to score, something he cannot afford to do again.
The supporting cast is impressive but if Argentina are to claim a third world title in Brazil then it will surely be Messi who is called upon to inspire those around him.