This time last year, the 2014 World Cup kicked off in Brazil. The Brazilian team led by Barcelona superstar Neymar, made it through to the Semi Finals where they were mauled 7-1 by eventual champions Germany. This World Cup produced many magic memories such as the James Rodriguez goal of the tournament and who can forget Luis Suarez’s biting antics?
This got us thinking in the Premier Sports Memorabilia office; what are the 10 Best World Cup Moments of all time?
10. Senegal oust France
France were in a for a real shocker in the 2002 FIFA World Cup when African side Senegal surprisingly beat them courtesy of Papa Bouba Diop’s goal. Les Bleus struggled to replicate their earlier performances and were subsequently ousted from the competition in the group stages.
9. Ronaldinho’s lob over Seaman
Ronaldinho cemented his place in World Cup folklore with this sublime effort in 2002. The talented attacker unleashed a curling effort from just inside England’s half and it took David Seaman by surprise, resulting in one of the best goals we have ever seen.
8. Maradona’s belly celebration
Argentina’s hopes of reaching the 2010 FIFA World Cup were seemingly dashed against Peru, as the underdogs were set to qualify as injury-time approached. Coach Diego Maradona looked in agony but a late strike from Martin Palermo helped the Albiceleste reach South Africa and sparked a wild belly-slide celebration from the legendary striker.
7. Ronaldo wins the World Cup four years after seizure
Four years after his infamous seizure during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo deservingly lifted the trophy in Korea & Japan all the while cruising to the title with a certain panache and Brazilian flair.
6. Rossi leads Italy to glory
Paolo Rossi was banned for two years but made it back just in time for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The striker made amends during the tournament after netting the highest number of goals in and led Italy to the World Cup trophy for the third time.
5. Grosso’s scream
Marco Tardelli unleashed his happiness with a loud scream in 1982 after scoring Italy’s second goal in their final triumph over West Germany. Fellow countryman Fabio Grosso replicated that during his tenure in the 2006 World Cup after notching a crucial goal in the semi-final against hosts Germany and booking Italy’s place in the final.
4. Hand of God
Diego Maradona cemented his legendary status in World Football with this unique goal that went unnoticed by the officials. The diminutive striker used his hand to score Argentina’s first goal in the quarter-final of the 1986 FIFA World Cup against England but luckily the goal stood after the referee failed to spot the offence.
3. Ronaldinho defines Brazilian football
In a 2002 FIFA World Cup game, Ronaldinho defined the essence of Brazilian football. A long ball from the center of the park was met by a perfect chest control by the attacker, before he unleashed a series of mazy dribbles – all in one fluid moment, which was perfectly summed up by the commentators.
2. Uruguay win in Brazil
In 1950, nobody gave Uruguay a chance, not even the side themselves. But the miracle of the Maracana saw the hosts lose the FIFA World Cup final and attract hatred from all walks of life in Brazil, while Uruguay celebrated their surprise win with unmatched glee.
1. Goal of the Century
While Diego Maradona’s first goal may have been controversial, his second was absolutely sublime. The Argentine star dribbled past the entire English line-up and found the back of the net to secure his country’s passage into the semi-finals of the tournament in the ultimately successful campaign of Mexico 1986.
So do you agree with our list of the 10 Best World Cup Moments of all time?
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