Argentina line-up all but confirmed for World Cup match

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Argentina pulled out from their global friendly against Israel.

Fans nowadays also have the luxury of seeing the modern game in live and living colour in their living rooms week after week, a luxury not afforded in the halcyon days even during the World Cup.

Messi, currently, stands on 30 hat-tricks in the league, and it wouldn't be impossible for the little magician to score five or more hat-tricks in a season to better Ronaldo's record. He would be viewed as the greatest player of all time. Now let me ask you: does this hypothetical scenario make him any different of a player?

Now preparing for their first World Cup, Iceland face Argentina and Messi, Ronaldo's long-time rival in the quest to be recognised as the greatest player on the planet.

The family has also made elaborate plans for Messi's birthday which will fall during the World Cup on June 24. If Messi was a Spanish national he very well would have been on that team, and very well would be a World Cup victor. Let us know in the comments section below.

Useless stat to churn out to give a semblance of expertise: No player scored more goals during European World Cup qualifying without providing an assist than Croatia's Mario Mandzukic.

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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.

Argentina are seeking their first World Cup title since 1986, although they came close four years ago to ending their drought before they lost to Germany in the final in Brazil in extra time. "I wish him to be one of the top three players in the world and I really believe he can make it".

"For me Messi is an extension of Maradona".

"They both arrive at this World Cup probably as the last one", Mourinho said on Thursday. 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".

I'm expecting Spain to go far so Diego Costa provides good value at 25/1.