Icelandic footballers are the tallest at the World Cup in Russian Federation, with an average height of 1.85 meters (over 6 feet) while Argentina are among the shortest teams at the tournament at 1.79 meters (just over 5-feet-10 inches).
One legendary player who did manage to win the World Cup during his career is the Brazilian icon Ronaldo, the second-highest goalscorer in World Cup history behind Miroslav Klose.
"Argentina's problem is that they are not psychologically prepared to play without Messi", Cherchésov told La Vanguardia.
Such history of suffering fitness issues in global tournaments impacted Argentina in which his absence denied La Albiceleste such a significant creative force that could have lifted Messi to the winners' pedestal.
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. Argentina has been the world's most underachieving national team; it last won a major title in 1993.
While both players are already considered bonafide all-time greats, neither has a World Cup winners' medal in his collection. The River Plate midfielder's inclusion takes Argentina past Costa Rica as the oldest squad by a single day.
But no matter how seemingly lethal and potent Argentina were with a full lineup, particularly with the presence of Di Maria, the stellar squad came up short in three occasions, the first and most important of which was the 2014 World Cup Final. They have the right mixture of experience and youth. It will be a dream final the entire football world would be yearning for. I root for Argentina and hope that they would win their second World Cup title in Russian Federation.
Sad music plays in the background, as the Israeli ambassador to Argentina, Ilan Sztulman, dressed in a soccer shirt, looks longingly at a photo album featuring the the superstar sticking his tongue out.
Kari Arnason, the Iceland defender, had suggested at the time that Ronaldo's sour remarks illustrated "why Messi is always going to be one step ahead of him".
"I'm not saying it's a team of one player, but they cannot play without him". I predict a Brazil-Spain final and a Brazil win.
Useless stat to churn out to give a semblance of expertise: Heimar Hallgrimsson combines managing the national team with running a dental surgery clinic in a small town in Iceland.