Tim Howard memes: When the 2014 World Cup made the Everton goalkeeper the most famous man on the planet

With the announcement that Howard's 10-year spell at Everton is coming to an end we remember the reaction to his incredible performance for the United States

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It was announced today that Tim Howard will leave Everton at the end of this season to join MLS side Colorado Rapids. 

The move will end a 10-year spell at Goodison Park and see one of the most prominent goalkeepers in the history of the Premier League depart.

Whilst making his name in England's top-flight, first with Manchester United and then Everton, the greatest moment of Howard's career came at the 2014 World Cup. 

His incredible performance in the United States’ extra-time 2-1 defeat to Belgium saw the American make the most saves in a World Cup match since 1966. In total he made 16 saves.

The display saw his Wikipedia page edited to give Howard the role as the Secretary of Defence of the United States of America, while the Twitter trend ‘Things Tim Howard could save’ took off.

Here, we remember some of the best tweets and memes...

His altered Wikipedia page gives him a new role to look forward to

The Lion King could’ve been a much happier story had Howard been in the Pride Lands of Africa

Howard could have saved the doomed Titanic had he been born about 80 years earlier

England could've reached the 1986 World Cup final had Howard stopped Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God'

Luis Suarez could still be playing in Brazil had Howard stopped him biting Giorgio Chiellini

Bambi wouldn’t have fallen through the ice had Howard been at hand

F1 world championship leaders Mercedes even got in on the act, using Howard to make light of their recent brake troubles


Howard will become a Designated Player for the Rapids in MLS’s Secondary Transfer Window on July 4.