Italy beat Uruguay 2-1 in the 2004 world cup to claim the title.
That game was marred by a late injury to Marco Verratti and a controversial decision to bench goalkeeper Mario Balotelli for Sergio Aguero and Didier Drogba.
But the Italians still beat Uruguay 4-2 on penalties to win the World Cup, cementing their place in the history books.
But what happened in Brazil was not as straightforward.
Argentina lost 3-1 to Uruguay in the finals of the 2002 World Cup in the opening match, and then lost 2-0 to Paraguay in the last game.
Brazil went on to win that tournament, as well.
But Argentina, who had beaten Uruguay in its previous games, were left without a World Cup title, and so the Argentinian side had to settle for a bronze medal.
The Argentine squad were very focused on the World Cups and winning it, which was what they did for the first time.
They won the 2002 Copa Libertadores with Messi leading the charge.
He scored the first goal of the tournament in the third minute of the final, and it was the only goal Argentina had conceded in the entire tournament.
Brazil also got their first major trophy in 2003, with a bronze at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Messi was in the squad that was to go on to defeat Argentina 4-0 in the final.
Messi also scored Argentina’s only goal of that tournament.
Argentina’s second world title was won in 2004 with Messi scoring the goals of the night.
Argentina were the last of the big four teams to win a major international tournament, but Messi was still considered one of the best players in the world.
In 2010, the Argentine team went on the road for the World Club Challenge, but they were knocked out in the first round by Italy.
It was a very different era for Argentina, as they lost three of their last four World Cup qualifiers.
Messi started to show his age, though, and his future was uncertain.
His retirement from football had also taken a huge toll on the national team, as he was never able to reach the heights of the past two World Cups.
Argentina lost two of their five World Cup finals, and in 2010, Argentina lost out on their first ever World Cup championship.
Messi played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup for Argentina.
He won the World Player of the Year award for that tournament as well, but in 2010 he was replaced by Lionel Messi.
He played for Argentina for almost 10 years.
For Argentina, the next World Cup was a chance to prove to the world that they were a force once again.
But they did not play well in Brazil.
And in the end, Argentina’s hopes were dashed.
They lost in the group stage, lost in their group stage in the quarterfinals, lost to the US in the Round of 16, lost 3–1 to the Netherlands in the Final, and finished the tournament with a disappointing 4-1 defeat against Spain in the semi-finals.
Argentina did not win the 2010 World Cup.
So Argentina lost to Brazil in the World cup final in 2014.
What happened to Argentina in the 2010s?
In Brazil, Argentina started to win again, and Messi scored the second goal of their World Cup qualifying campaign.
He was the catalyst that helped Argentina reach the finals again, as Argentina had scored goals in each of their previous two World Cup games.
But their success was short lived, as Brazil beat Argentina 4–2 in the Brazil Cup final, sending Argentina into a bitter 4–3 defeat to eventual champion Germany.
After that loss, Argentina had to go through the group stages, as the two best teams in the tournament played each other in the semifinals.
Argentina managed to beat Germany 2-2, but the German side was the stronger side, winning 3-0.
But then in the second round, Argentina beat the defending champions, Germany, to secure a place in Brazil’s quarterfinals.
As the quarterfinal draw was made, Argentina defeated the Netherlands 3-2 to clinch a spot in Brazil, and the team went through to the semi finals.
Argentina beat Spain 4-3 in the semifinal, and won the bronze medal in front of a sell-out crowd in Brasilia.
On paper, Argentina was a force again.
However, in the 2015 World Cup final against Portugal, the team lost 2–1 in extra time, and were eliminated in the semis.
Now, Argentina have a chance in the 2018 World Cup to prove they are a strong side again.
It will be interesting to see what happens this time.
Is it a long shot?
Brazil have already played Argentina in two World Championships,