Rather than being intimidated, it would appear that Iceland were positively thrilled at the prospect of making their World Cup debut against Argentina in Group D next summer.
Indeed, Iceland right-back Diego Johannesson has warned Lionel Messi to prepare himself for an onslaught when the two teams meet in Moscow on June. 16 -- if only because the Barcelona star is going to have to bring an awful lot of souvenirs with him.
Johannesson, who was born in Spain and plays for Real Oviedo, has instructed...
Argentina international Paulo Dybala says he does not regret turning down the opportunity to play for Italy when he was 19.
Due to his family heritage, Dybala, 24, was sounded out about playing for Italy when he made the breakthrough at Palermo after moving from Instituto AC Cordoba in his native Argentina.
He turned down the opportunity, though, and was handed his Argentina debut in October 2015 before establishing himself alongside Lionel Messi in attack.
"I was asked to play for Italy and I was...
Lionel Messi says that striker Gonzalo Higuain should be picked for Argentina's World Cup squad.
Higuain lost his place to Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi and Boca Juniors' Dario Benedetto for Argentina's final matches in the South American World Cup qualifiers under coach Jorge Sampaoli.
But in an interview with local channel TyC Sports, broadcast on Wednesday, Messi described Higuain as "a fundamental player, he needs to be there."
Argentina's five-time world player of the year added that Higuain "is...
Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero says the national team will always be dependent on Lionel Messi.
Argentina did not book their spot in next year's World Cup until their final qualifier, a 3-1 win at Ecuador on Oct. 10, when captain Messi scored a hat trick.
The Albiceleste went into that game in danger of missing out not only on direct qualification but a spot in the playoffs.
While the performance again underlined Messi's importance to his national team, several Argentina greats, including Diego...