Rodrigo De Paul: “I think we are the best national team our country has ever had”


Rodrigo De Paul spoke about the current Argentina national team and their place in history.

De Paul has been part of the Argentina national team since 2018 and has won every trophy there is to win. He assisted Angela Di Maria in the Copa America final, lifted the Finalissima and played in every game at the World Cup.

Still only 28 years old, De Paul spoke to TyC Sports about the current state of the Argentine national team. Here’s what he had to say about coach Lionel Scaloni:

“He’s done everything from the ground up, it’s a set of things he’s created in the team. With the help of the captain and experienced guys, he taught 19 players to wear the jersey of the Argentine national team.

“The most important thing he got was camaraderie, we are very close friends at camp and on the field. And a very good bond was formed, which is not easy when there are so many players. But it was always very clear that representation was important and we all understood what our piece of the puzzle was. I think we ended up creating, if you’ll forgive me, the best national team our country has ever had.

“I’m not saying this out of ego, far from it. I think the national team had better players than those who make up this one, but as a team we beat all the current champions. The last American champion (Brazil), the last European champion (Italy) and the last world champion (France).

“It wasn’t easy, we managed the qualification without losing, in Bolivia we won after 15 years, in Peru we won after I don’t know how long, we broke the record of matches without defeat. As a team, this national team did something hugely important and also connected with the public… People saw that we were fans who had a chance to defend the jersey.

“I don’t want anyone to be angry with me because Argentina has an extremely important and rich history.

“Being world champion is the key to eternity because we will be forever. You walk into the AFA grounds and you see pictures of the ’78 and ’86 champions and you stare at them. And now we will be there. That’s unbelievable.”