And so it ends.
The one event that unites so many around the world, every World Cup of football is a piece of history that warrants notice.
I was rooting for the Albiceleste from the beginning of their 2014 campaign. There was immense pressure and speculation on Lionel Messi, arguably the best player in the world. Also the team captain, he had the hopes of a nation on his shoulders. The moments of magic in FC Barcelona he produced would be just what Argentina needs to hold the coveted trophy once again. Above all that, he had the larger than life shadow of Diego Maradona to contend with. Maradona, the captain of the 1986 Argentinian team, led them to victory against West Germany in the final. Unfortunately, Messi’s magic ceased to appear past the group stages. While he created numerous opportunities for his teammates, nothing less but his fullest potential was required to overcome the technically-superior opponents.
Not to take away from the rest of the Argentinian squad – Mascherano, Zabaleta, Higuain, Aguero, and company all have their illustrious careers respectively. Let’s not forget Sergio Romero, making so many crucial saves, including the game-winning double save in the penalty shootout against the Netherlands in the semi-final. The Argentine machine performed as required to make their way to the 2014 final, and in the final defended admirably against Die Mannschaft. Squandered opportunities aside, it was a fitting performance for a World Cup final.
Congratulations ‘Die Mannschaft’ Germany on the well-deserved victory. Brilliant goal by ‘Super’ Mario Gotze, the 22-year old wunderkind who came on to replace Miroslav Klose, the highest goal-scorer in World Cup history.
GER 1-0 ARG