Diego Maradona has used 102 players since taking over as coach of Argentina's national team.
One hundred and two. In just fifteen games. 102 in just over a year.
To put that into perspective, over the last year England coach Fabio Capello has called on 33.
It is, by any standards, an extraordinary figure - one that speaks of instability and uncertainty. When he named his last squad, Maradona named five players that weren't even available before trying to dig himself out of an embarrassing hole by claiming that it was a "pre-squad" list - a kind of long short list. As if it wasn't messy enough as it is.
Any sensible person would appeal with him not to add to that figure. Common sense and basic maths dictates that, much as there are those who should surely have played a little more - Juan Roman Riquelme, perhaps, although Maradona has now revealed that he will not return to the team, Gonzalo Higuain, Diego Milito, Sergio Aguero - there can barely be a half-decent Argentinean left who hasn't been called up. It's surely time to stop adding to that number.
Only it's not. Not yet, it's not. Because this weekend, something happened that means the first thing Maradona should do when he names his squad, the first thing he should do as he prepares for South Africa, is pick his 103rd player. Because last weekend something happened that hasn't happened for almost two years; something happened that has not happened since April 18, 2008.
Gabriel Milito played.
The return of Gabi
Better still, Gabi Milito played 90 minutes. Even better than that, Gabi Milito played 90 minutes and played them brilliantly. Quick, strong, assured on the ball, it was like he had never been away. He'd been out of action for 22 months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, he'd missed Barcelona's greatest ever season and he'd been virtually forgotten but, said El Mundo Deportivo, "it was as if he was just coming back from a bit of a cold." A cold? It was like he'd barely had a runny nose.
True, Milito had already played, but he'd only been on for 28 minutes as a sub against Valladolid and just five minutes against Tenerife. For the first time he was in front of his own fans and for the first time he played the whole game. He probably wasn't supposed to played 90 minutes - in all probability Pep Guardiola would have liked him to get an hour or so under his belt - but in the end Barcelona's needs dictated. In the end, with additional time added during a dramatic finale, Milito played 95 minutes.
They were difficult minutes too, 65 of them played with just 10 men after Gerard Pique was sent off. Ninety-five minutes against Getafe - the only side to have travelled to the Camp Nou this season and almost matched Barcelona for possession of the ball (it finished 51 per cent versus 49 per cent, when Barcelona are used to figures closer to 65 per cent). For once Barcelona, down to ten men, did not make life easy on the defence. It certainly was not easy on Milito.
Milito started alongside Pique for 25 minutes, who was sent off. He then played alongside Yaya Toure, a central midfielder playing an emergency central defensive role, for 32 minutes until Toure went off injured.
He played 32 minutes alongside Rafa Marquez, who was sent off in conceding a penalty in the 89th minute. And then, finally, he played out the remaining six minutes on his own, with a little support from Sergio Busquets - on as a substitute just before the hour.
There was no Carles Puyol, Barcelona's inspirational captain - enjoying the season of his life - and no Dani Alves. A tougher game than anyone could have imagined, a longer one than they would have liked.
And yet Milito looked like it simply didn't matter. Almost two years later and it was like he'd never been away. He was back - and back in classic style. Tough when he had to be, quick across the ground, powerful in the air, unruffled and cool on the ball. Utterly in control. The Mariscal, once more. The field marshal.
This weekend, Barcelona faces Atletico at the Vicente Calderon - traditionally one of the hardest trips of the season - without Alves, Márquez, Abidal, and Pique. But with Milito. Now more than ever, Barcelona need him.
Argentina need him even more.
Milito's return comes as a huge relief for Argentina and their creaking, crumbling defence - a bit of good news at long last. As one commentator in Argentina puts with a hint of concern, "Milito will definitely start in South Africa - unless Maradona has completely taken leave of his senses."
This summer, Maradona has to whittle that huge list of players down to 23. First though, he must expand it to 103. You might think he'd be mad to call up yet another footballer but this time he'd be mad not to.