Some fantastic goals, some sparkling performances, some nerve wracking finishes, and a cocktail of flamboyant yet tactically sound displays which left us craving for more, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will go down in the history books as one of the best in recent times. There were many who lit up Samba land with their dazzling displays, and SPORTZWIKI brings to you the Top 5 Hits from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, those five players who caught our imagination and left us wanting more.
1. Arjen Robben
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben isn’t just fast, the guy can fly. He really can. Sergio Ramos and co. would know better as Robben shredded the Spanish defence in Netherlands’ 5-1 thrashing of the 2010 World Champions. Robben scored 3 goals in the World Cup and ended the World Cup with the most number of crosses by any player in the competition. Unlucky to miss out on the Golden Ball, Robben lit up the World Cup with this sizzling displays and earns the No. 1 spot in out Top 5 Hits of the World Cup.
2. James Rodriguez
If you haven’t seen James Rodriguez’s splendid volley against Uruguay, then you probably missed the goal of the tournament. Cuadrado’s headed pass was chested down with unimaginable ease as he fired a left-footed volley to send the net bulging. Rodriguez finished with 6 goals in the World Cup and apart from the Golden Boot, won all our hearts, and maybe, just maybe, a transfer to his dream club Real Madrid.
3. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi proved that there is still fire in his belly when it comes to strutting his stuff in the Argentinian shirt. He wrote the headline in Argentina’s opening game against Bosnia & Herzegovina, dribbling past three defenders and slotting it in past Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. And his goal agaisnt a stubborn Iran as well as the freekick against Nigeria had class written all over it.
4. Toni Kroos
Arguably the best in possession in World football at the moment, the artistic Toni Kroos controlled proceedings in the heart of midfield as Germany thrashed hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi final. Much like he has quietly gone about his job throughout the World Cup. And he proved he had an eye for goal with two goals against Brazil, the first of which was a fierce strike from the edge of the box with his left foot.
5. Thomas Mueller
Thomas Mueller may not be the most technically brilliant player in the world, but he’s one good poacher and surely knows where the net is. 10 goals in 2 World Cups is a testament to his ability to score crucial goals, and the Bayern Munich man was one of the key components of the German side that won their first World Cup after unification.