How many times have Argentina won the World Cup? Lionel Messi and co look to follow in legends’ footsteps to win first title in 36 years

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Argentina are one of the favourites to win the World Cup this winter and they have impressed so far in Qatar.  After an early shock defeat to Saudi Arabia, La Albiceleste have recovered, winning every game since and setting up a quarter-final with Netherlands. Argentina have continued to grow in the Qatar tournamentgetty Lionel Messi has never won the World Cup in his career and his team are putting in their all to make sure they lift the trophy next weekend.  If they do triumph it will be the first time they have won the competition for 36 years.  How many times have Argentina won the World Cup? Argentina have won the World Cup twice.  They won their first World Cup title in 1978, lifting the trophy at their home tournament after beating Netherlands in Buenos Aires.  La Albiceleste ran out 3-1 winners after extra time following a brace by legendary striker Mario Kempes.  This tournament had two group stages with Argentina coming second in the first round before winning the next group, finishing above Brazil.  In the final, Kempes scored the opener in the first half before the tie was taken to extra time thanks to a late Netherlands equaliser.  The striker then scored again to seal their first title in their own country.  Maradona won the World Cup with ArgentinaBob Thomas Sports Photography - Getty The second title came eight years later in 1986 and it was a tournament dominated by Diego Maradona.  He would only score one goal in the group stage before one of his most iconic moments followed against England in the quarter-finals.  The infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal was a part of his brace that sent La Albiceleste through to face Belgium.  Another Maradona double secured a 2-0 win against the Red Devis and then Argentina beat West Germany in the final to lift their second world title.  In Qatar this winter, they are looking for their third World Cup win as Messi aims to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.  talkSPORT World Cup 2022 Coverage talkSPORT is bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup. We are broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network. You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com. talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM. You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.

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