For a man who has devoted his life to film and football, perhaps it should be little surprise there was to be a twist in the plot.
Hannes Halldórsson’s starring role in the real-life fairy tale that saw the World Cup’s smallest nation take on the world’s biggest superstar, Lionel Messi, will be replayed over and over for years to come.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper was already a hero in Iceland before a ball had been kicked in Russia. But his penalty save from Messi in the 1-1 draw has led to him becoming a worldwide celebrity.
Suddenly his face is all over social media, his career as a film director is being widely discussed and the Coca Cola World Cup commercial he had directed is being widely shared across the internet.
Halldórsson will take it all in his stride, though he would rather be behind the camera than in front of it.
Just two days before meeting up with his international teammates for Iceland’s World Cup training camp, Halldórsson was out and about in the center of the capital Reykjavik putting the finishing touches to his World Cup commercial.
This is how he relaxes these days. Film has always been part of his life, even directing the country’s video for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.