Lionel Messi: Club bully or the greatest ever?

Lionel Messi: Club bully or the greatest ever?

Icelandic footballers are the tallest at the World Cup in Russian Federation, with an average height of 1.85 meters (over 6 feet), making them especially strong in aerial duels in defense and attack.

Despite being the second most populous nation, 1.25-billion-strong India has long struggled in world football and is now ranked 97 in Fifa's rankings.

Purists of the handsome game have long contended that for a real comparison to be done between players of different eras, a lot more must be taken into consideration.

"It's like the origin of football, like the origin of everything, that you do not need a lot of people, just the right ones, to make a big difference".

Players of the Argentina National Team during training. "If Messi influences the squad then the one who suffers most is him because too numerous players [chosen] just aren't good enough".

But after the glorious stint of Maradona and his Argentine Argonauts in the late 80's, this current generation's crop of players have been the closest to replicating the storied squad's return to the promised land with Lionel Messi at the forefront.

Messi became his country's youngest World Cup star in 2006 but Argentina still went out in the quarter-finals to Germany.

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In this Monday Oct. 9, 2017 filer, Iceland's captain Aron Gunnarsson celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group I qualifying soccer match between Iceland and Kosovo in Reykjavik, Iceland. He really makes the team play around him.

It had been claimed earlier in the week that Lopetegui believes Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet. Can Messi's Argentina or Ronaldo's Portugal finally be crowned world champions?

It can also be argued that defenders in the golden era were not as technically gifted as the defenders today and that makes it more hard for a player with silky skills such as Messi to shine through.

But Caballero isn't taking anything for granted, saying: "As it is the first game of the World Cup, it is hard to start playing at the best level".

"I was lucky to play against him when I was in Spain". Iceland did well in their last tournament so the first match will not be comfortable.

"If Messi were Brazilian, then he'd already have a World Cup", he told TyC Sports.

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