Winners and losers of the World Cup – Week Four

We’ve allowed week four to last a little longer than seven days to cover the last four games of the competition. Here are the winners and losers of the final week.

Winners

Germany

As if it needed explaining. They left Brazil as the World Champions and deservedly so. Germany played some of the best football in the competitions, scored some memorable goals and were helped to that all important victory in the final by a brilliant effort from Mario Götze; a fine effort all round.

Neymar

Brazil were eliminated from their own World Cup and their star player was blameless in the process. Neymar’s injury probably didn’t cost Brazil a place in the final as Germany inflicted their damage at the other end of the pitch; but has ensured that he’ll become an even more important player for the national team in the months to follow. That’s probably a poisoned chalice for the Barcelona man, given the incredible pressure he was already under.

Losers

Lionel Messi

At 27, this year was Messi’s perfect chance to win the World Cup. He’d played in two tournaments before but at just 23, it was always a big ask for him to make a really decisive impact in 2010. 2014 came around at the perfect moment for him to lift the title with Argentina and he got pretty close. He was named the player of the tournament after picking up four man of the match awards; but that will be of little comfort. 2018 in Russia and at 31 years of age may just be too much for Lionel.

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