Eidur Gudjohnsen is tantalisingly close to the greatest achievement of his career.
The veteran former Chelsea striker will lead the Iceland attack against Croatia in Reykjavik on Friday as they bid to become the smallest country ever to reach the World Cup finals.
The population of 320,000 are getting ready to party with to come, and the 35-year-old ex-Barcelona star won league titles in England, Spain and Holland – but he knows would be something very special to add to his CV.
He said: “Going to represent Iceland in a World Cup in Brazil would have to be as big a feeling as winning the titles at Chelsea – and I don’t say that lightly.
“They were fantastic achievements and gave great satisfaction.
“It would just be a different sensation. Winning the league, a title, is unique and special but it would be in the same bracket.
“Getting there would be a victory of sorts anyway and I will see how I feel if we do it, it’s hard to imagine.
“When I was at Chelsea and Barcelona you had team-mates going off to the big tournaments while you stayed.
“And at that time the Champions League was for me the biggest and most exciting thing, together with the domestic title – but there is still a chance of a World Cup.”
Gudjohnsen, now at Bruges in Belgium and a Champions League winner at the Nou Camp, said: “Football is a team game but of course it is nice to have things to reflect on at the end of your career.
“And getting to this World Cup with my home country and all the things and countries we are up against would be incredible.
“It would just be an amazing feat and something unforgettable to be part of. It has always been a distant dream, it has never gone away however unlikely. Any boy who watches the World Cup dreams about playing in it one day.
“I have been realistic about it in recent years and accepted that maybe it would never happen.
“I have always been picked out at home as one of the players that has played for top clubs and won things never to have made a World Cup or major finals.”