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World Cup 2014: Size doesn't matter; Lionel Messi and Xherdan Shaqiri may be small in stature, but are Argentina and Switzerland's giants on the pitch

Messi and Shaqiri are point men but others could come to the fore as well

Published on Jul 1, 2014 9:19 AM
Ezequiel Lavezzi

Round of 16: Argentina v Switzerland

When it comes to the knock-out stages of the World Cup, teams look to extraordinary players to stand tall. When Argentina face Switzerland in the round-of-16 clash at the Arena de Sao Paulo today, the two sides will, ironically, be looking to their shortest players to rise above the rest.

Lionel Messi and Xherdan Shaqiri share a lot of similarities besides being just 1.69m tall.

Both rose to prominence as teenagers, both are the top scorers for their teams in Brazil and both represent the beacon of hope placed on a golden generation.

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