Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo make Google World Cup XI... but who misses out?
No room for top scorer James Rodqiguez or any English players
Tuesday 01 July 2014
Google have released their 'most searched' XI of the World Cup.
The usual suspects make the grade but there are some big omissions and a couple of surprise choices within the team.
The Mexican goalkeeper hit the headlines after a string of brilliant performances between the sticks. An internet rumour that he had six fingers, and inevitable transfer links, will have propelled him above the likes of Julio Cesar, despite his shoot-out heroics.
The Japan full back has been linked with Arsenal after the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City. But the Schalke man is set to voice a part in the new Pokemon movie - he will play a bellboy based on his likeness.
The Barcelona man has suffered from some horrible form in the last 12 months and was promptly dropped by Vicente del Bosque after the 5-1 drubbing by the Netherlands.
The floppy-haired defender's rash style is always eye-catching. But Luiz, the spitting image of The Simpson's character Sideshow Bob, was rumoured to have chopped off his famous hair, with images of a skinhead going viral.
The Argentina left back's buccaneering performances have seen him become a target for Liverpool. He also performed a quite ridiculous 'Rabona' clearance (video below) against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The poster boy for the tournament and Brazil's best player, Neymar has been a joy to watch so far. Rough treatment in the win against Chile mean he is now a doubt for the quarter-final against Colombia.
The German metronome has been excellent after returning from injury in the heart of Joachim Low's midfield and he is continually being linked to join Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution.
Father time has finally caught up with the seemingly ageless Italian midfielder. The 35-year-old has very likely made his final appearance at a major tournament after the Azzurri crashed out at the group stage.
Arguably the tournament's best player so far, Arjen Robben has earned great praise for his terrorising performances. However, the Dutchman has drawn scorn for his antics against Mexico, where he exaggerated minimal contact against the Central Americans to win a 94th minute penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo's zig-zag hair wasn't a tribute to the boy whose brain surgery he paid for
Clearly unfit for the competition, the world's best player failed to live up to expectations that he would take the World Cup by storm, scoring just once in three matches. Ronaldo was also thought to have cut a zig-zag into his hair in tribute to a young boy whose brain surgery he paid for - though this was untrue.
Messi's previous record in international tournaments failed to live up to the great expectations placed upon the Argentinian maestro. But he has blown all of those away, single-handedly dragging a lacklustre side into the knockout stages with four goals already.
Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
The German has led the USA revolution into the knockout stages. 'Soccer' has never been so popular across the pond, with the draw against Portugal winning the highest ever ratings for a football match.
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