Gudmundsson and Iceland out to anger Messi as they did Ronaldo

Lionel Messi World Cup 2018 ball

While Ronaldo stays in marvelous physical condition, which may allow him to play in a fifth World Cup at 37, he has already lost one step on the field and is sure to lose more.

According to a recent poll in Germany, 76.8 percent want to support the Icelanders at the World Cup - providing they do not meet their side in the knockout stages.

Kolkata resident Shib Shankar Patra's passion for Argentina began during the 1986 World Cup when Diego Maradona helped the team win the coveted trophy.

I also think Suarez will be hungry to make a big impression after what happened in the last World Cup and a lower-profile season with Barcelona, while he also takes penalties, so he gets my backing. Nothing captures what it's like to watch Messi pull off another one of his magical moves quite like Mike Goodman did in a 2015 article for Grantland when he said that "the answer is Messi".

Paulo Dybala: The Juventus superstar is arguably the most talented player Argentina has after Messi.

"It will be tough to play against him [Messi] but as long as he is frustrated and can't score, we're happy".

"The likes of Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain will also have to step up".

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Mezut Ozil and Neymar could all challenge Lionel Messi for the Golden Ball Simon Maina AFP Getty Images

In theory, two-time World Cup champion Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing Iceland, which is making its first appearance at the tournament.

It is unusual but Sampaoli has actually had much more success devising a way of stifling Messi's talent than liberating it. I'm just happy. Messi makes me happy. Messi can not go it alone, but the burden on him is colossal.

At times, though, the criticism has bordered on the gratuitous, not least over his reluctance to sing the national anthem.

What is irrefutable is the adoration with which he is held among the squad.

If Argentina can get Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi on the same page, they're a unsafe team to beat. Iceland did well in their last tournament so the first match will not be comfortable.

If Argentina are to prevail, Messi must flourish, but the pressure on him is unremitting.

Asked if this was their last chance to win the World Cup, the Portuguese said: "Cristiano is a superman".

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