World Cup 2014: 5 Memorable Moments Featuring Van Persie & Messi

By on July 8, 2014

Hailed as perhaps the greatest World Cup there has ever been, the 2014 edition has already featured more memorable moments than previous editions of the tournament – and the final games are still to come.

Picking out just five moments from a wonderful competition isn’t easy but these are a selection of the goals, events and incidents that have stood out for us:

1. The rendition of the Brazilian national anthem against Croatia

Where better to start than at the start? The Brazilian national anthem is a much-loved feature of every World Cup, a sign that the tournament is really starting now the competition’s most successful team are getting underway. But this a capella rendition was more special than ever and confirmed that this World Cup would be one to savour.

2. Robin van Persie’s diving header against Spain

When Xabi Alonso’s penalty put Spain ahead in their opening game, against the Netherlands, it seemed like it would be business as usual for the World Cup holders. But van Persie’s spectacular equaliser signalled the beginning of the end of La Roja, who were on their way home only a few days later.

3. Lionel Messi comes to the party

It’s often said that Lionel Messi needs to win the World Cup with Argentina before he can match the legendary status of Diego Maradona. Well, Messi was one of the star performers of the group stage, scoring a special goal against Bosnia-Herzegovina, a late winner against Iran and a brace in a thrilling win over Nigeria. He’s certainly done his part.

4. Miroslav Klose matches Ronaldo

Miroslav Klose’s 71st minute goal for Germany against Ghana wasn’t just important, giving Joachim Low’s side a crucial point – it was historic. It took the Lazio striker level with Ronaldo for all-time World Cup goals, on 15, a fitting landmark for an underappreciated great of the game.

5. James Rodriguez takes centre stage

Plying his trade in Portugal and France, James Rodriguez has been off the radar of the major European leagues. His superb performances, not least a stunning goal against Uruguay, made sure everyone knew his name, if not how to pronounce it. A move to Real Madrid could be his reward for inspiring Colombia to the quarter-finals.

Those are our 5 memorable moments so far, what have been yours?

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