Following what is surely the greatest World Cup Final of all time, and fresh from some wild celebrations, we sat down with Argentina legend Sergio Aguero for one last time in 2022 to dissect the World Cup, how Argentina came back from their opening defeat to Saudi Arabia, and his takeaways from an incredible tournament.
Overall, what did you make of the World Cup in Qatar? There were upsets right from the outset - has there ever been a tournament like this?
Much was made of some of the so-called bigger nations struggling and being beaten by ‘lesser teams - with excuses of the mid-season tournament being thrown about. Was that really a factor, or did we see a levelling out globally of the strength of countries because they have all simply improved technically and tactically?
In South America, we have seen Argentina thrive and Brazil fail - why is that?
From an outsider, one thing that stands out is the sheer will, determination and character of Argentina compared to a Brazil side which seemed lacking in that department. Is that a fair assessment?
You spoke before the tournament about why Lionel Messi should not have to be compared with Diego Maradona within Argentina - but we have seen in Qatar how Leo became the figure, the leader of this side in a way only Maradona did before. That surely puts him in the same category in the nation’s hearts?
You played in World Cups with Messi before, but he seemed a different animal in this tournament. Knowing him so well, what changed in him and led to that?
We’ve seen t-shirts showing Leo taunting Weghorst in that interview after the win over Netherlands become an instant hit back in Argentina, and off camera it was you who was having words with the Dutch striker. Now the dust has settled, what was he saying and what did you say to him?
Much has been made about the rivalry between Leo and Cristiano Ronaldo. After how this tournament has panned out, can there be any doubt your man is the greatest of his generation?
Six world player of the year awards, a glittering club career, and now a World Cup winners medal. Can we now say Leo is the greatest of all time? That’s obviously a hard one to choose with Diego and Pele in the past?
One big question remains - are Argentina ready to cope without Leo? Who will be their new talisman?
Julian Alvarez had a magnificent tournament and will head back to Manchester City with a lot of confidence, what did you make of his performances? Can Pep fit him and Haaland into the same system?
Earlier this season you mentioned Alexis Mac Allister could play in any major European team. Hecame into the Albiceleste after the opening defeat to Saudi Arabia, but he transformed the midfield.Just how far can he go and where does he rank among the global elite?
Lionel Scaloni has done such an amazing job at such a young age - should he stay with Argentina or make a move to manage one of the biggest clubs in Europe? Can he be a success at somewhere like Barcelona, Real Madrid or in England? Where would be the right fit?
It’s widely said that Kylian Mbappe is now the best player in the world. But what does he have to do to even get close to Messi in terms of actual ability?
Who were the biggest disappointments of the tournament, player or teams, and why?
And who stood out and impressed you, and why?
Where do England go from here? Did they underperform, and would they be better with a different manager? If so, what do they need?
You’ve seen plenty of Casemiro close up, and played with Rodri. People are claiming Declan Rice has shown he is as good as, or even better than them as the best CDM in the world. What are your thoughts on that?
And what of Spain - has the game moved on from playing possession football and not having an out and out goalscorer? How far are they away from being able to compete for honours?