Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Gudmundsson and Iceland out to anger Messi as they did Ronaldo

Gudmundsson and Iceland out to anger Messi as they did Ronaldo

Iceland is seen by many as a straightforward opponent for Argentina, which won the 1978 and 1986 World Cups and has Messi and other star players.

The modern maestro turns 31 during the tournament and this may be his last chance to win the cup for his country.

But in an attempt to show that Israel has forgiven the abrupt cancellation, the video goes on to root for Argentina in the World Cup.

When Messi is on the field, there is no debate to be had. That is why this rivalry has acquired epic proportions, filling up tremendous space in football talk with the other players nearly watching from a floor below.

"It's a dream for all of us to hold the world cup trophy, so in our city of joy, holding the trophy made out of candies and having it with the family while watching the games, it is really exciting." said Jawaharlal Sarkar, football fan.

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Statistically, these two great rivals have taken football to new heights.

Iceland emerged as the darlings of Euro 2016 during an unexpected run to the quarter-final but rides a four-match winless streak into the tournament, while Argentina aims to build on a 4-0 demolition of Haiti as -2500 favourites in their final pre-tournament friendly.

Real Madrid has announced its new head coach after, Julen Lopetegui, now the head coach of the Spanish National Team, and it's a decision which could lead to an awkward dynamic in the locker room with star Cristiano Ronaldo. And now it is a lasting image of that tournament: Messi gazing at the World Cup trophy as he walked past it afterward, so tantalizingly close that he could have touched it. Did I forget to mention that he also holds the record for the most assists in La Liga (149)? In case you are interested in wading into the quagmire over which one is better, be warned.

For most modern day football fans, Lionel Messi is King.

Dybala on the other hand, has flourished at club level for Juventus, but failed to deliver for Argentina. "At Manchester United it was already incredible the number of goals he was scoring but in Real Madrid he's become even more complete". He's the top scorer in national team history and is well on his way to cementing his legacy as the best player the world has ever seen.

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Having predicted Portugal/ Brazil and Argentina/ Germany semi-finals, Mourinho selects Messrs Messi and Ronaldo to meet in the Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on the 15th July.

"Ronaldo is a self-made monster of adaptation and resolve".

Last year's Copa America final defeat to Chile, in which Messi missed a penalty, was the latest bitter disappointment in long list of anti-climaxes.

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Add to that the messianic storyline that always accompany the national team and its heroes every time they gather and compete in the biggest stages of worldwide football in their quest for golden glory, La Albiceleste always provides compelling and 'larger than life' narratives come the big tournaments.

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