Denmark captain Simon Kjaer has picked his favourites to win the World Cup, and although Argentina and Portugal are not among them, he believes that the influence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can lead them to glory.
Argentina's ineptitude comes in a range of flavors.
It's as if the two five Ballon d'Or winners have experienced a role reversal from the 2014 World Cup, where Messi was the Player of the Tournament, scoring four goals and dragging his country to a final that they really should have won.
Simeone said: "The goalkeeper has done this before hasn't he German, he did it against Spain, against Italy when they hit the post, and if you slip up like that in a World Cup, it's a goal". Interestingly, even Fontaine began that campaign with a hat-trick in the first game.
Messi's future became practically an affair of state when Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called on him to stay. While I fully understand the view that great things are expected from those with great talent - it is, after all, the burden of genius - I often despair for the unfair comparisons and the vitriol that accompany any below-par performance from the Argentine playmaker.
Bauza lasted less than year, jettisoned in April 2017 with Argentina languishing outside the automatic qualification places soon after Claudio Tapia was elected president as part of a leadership shake-up at the AFA.
For reasons hard to fathom, they have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli's year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria. On Thursday they staged an epic second half collapse on their way to losing 3-0 to Croatia. "We will go into the game a little bit more relaxed than them". And the manager Sampaoli has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything.
"Everyone is so angry at home".
Messi's failure to match the achievements of Maradona, who single-handedly carried the team to victory in the 1986 World Cup, will otherwise never be forgotten.