It's been a long road to this World Cup.
Add to that the messianic storyline that always accompany the national team and its heroes every time they gather and compete in the biggest stages of global football in their quest for golden glory, La Albiceleste always provides compelling and 'larger than life' narratives come the big tournaments.
Ronaldo may be 33-years-old, but he is still one of the greatest players in the world and the crown jewel of Real Madrid.
Iceland players warm up during a training session in Moscow Friday. — EPA
Not everybody will agree, but it's his honest opinion. For a start, Messi and Ronaldo have turned the Ballon d'Or-the annual award for the game's leading player-into a duopoly since 2008, winning five times each, a joint record.
"But I admit that Lionel Messi brings even more magic to football".
This generation's Argentina, in its full strength, have always been a fearsome attacking machine. He is in that category alongside Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi.
"He is technically very well versed", the Brazilian continued.
Ronaldo referred to Real Madrid in the past tense signalling that he could be on the move this summer. This World Cup features some fine players who are already stars in their own right, but, I feel, a new star will emerge out of nowhere to light up this edition.
Roberto Carlos would appear to agree with that, with the Paris Saint-Germain forward part of an elite collection of talent that the legendary full-back would have liked the opportunity to play alongside. Have your say by leaving a comment below.