Iceland Captain Aron Gunnarsson Has Definitely Got The Best Tattoo At The World Cup

They may be the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup tournament, but minnows Iceland, a country with a population of approximately 335,000, showed they had huge heart at the European Championships in 2016.

Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson<span class="redactor-invisible-space" "=""> played a key part in their triumphs two years ago and he will once again try and shock the world with a spirited performance in Group D with the likes of Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria.

The 29-year-old, who plays for Premier League side Cardiff City, has spoken about his experience at the European Championships and has revealed the meaning behind his incredible back tattoo.

In an interview via GrapeVine, Gunnarsson wanted to do 'something special' after the competition:

"I've been a tattoo enthusiast for a long time, and I had already gotten a few tattoos before this one." he said.

"After the European Cup Finals in France two years ago I just wanted to do something special and uniquely Icelandic. The art is based on the official Iceland crest but it is a modified version where a few of the original elements were replaced with elements that are special to me.

"So in fact this is a deeply personal tattoo that I wear with pride. My friend and tattoo artist Gunnar Valdimarsson spent a lot of time on drawing it and once I saw the final version I was absolutely 100% that this was exactly what I wanted on my back."

One thing is for sure, Iceland fans will be ready to do it all again at the World Cup in the coming weeks and a certain stat is quite remarkable.

The Icelandic fans were in fine form in France two years back when they reached the quarter finals after famously coming from a goal down to produce one of the greatest upsets in sporting history when they knocked England in the round of 16 clash in Nice.

Incredibly, the population of Iceland is 330,000 but they requested a whopping 66,000 tickets for their first ever World Cup.

The massive ticket demand from Iceland has seen a staggering 20 per cent of their population apply for tickets to see their nation in World Cup action.

Can they progress in the tournament this summer?

Let us know in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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