The dust has finally settled and Germany has been crowned champions of the FIFA World Cup for the fourth time and the first time since their unification. They defeated Argentina in extra time to lift the trophy, becoming the first European team to win a South American World Cup tournament. This World Cup will also be remembered as one of the most exciting World Cup in recent memory, matching the 171 goals scored in 1998. There have been some truly wonderful goals during the tournament and here are the top 10.
#10: Jermaine Jones (vs. Portugal)
We start our countdown with this superb effort from Jermaine Jones. The USA certainly got a lot of fans in this tournament and with goals like this who wouldn’t support them?
#9: Lionel Messi (vs. Iran)
You know Lionel Messi will be on the list. The Golden Ball winner at the 2014 World Cup scored this peach of a goal in the 90th minute to break Iranian hearts.
#8: Xherdan Shaqiri (vs. Honduras)
It was very hard to choose between the previous goal and this one. Shaqiri comes just ahead of Messi because he scored a hat trick in the game but what a sweet strike nonetheless.
#7: Lionel Messi (vs. Nigeria)
Messi comes in again in the 7th spot on the list with a brilliant free kick against Nigeria. Not even 2 goal keepers could have saved this from Messi
#6: Andre Schurrle (vs. Algeria)
Germany would be remembered not only for winning the World Cup but for decimating Brazil in the semifinal but prior to that they had a tough fixture against Algeria and it took some nifty footwork from Andre Schurrle to secure the win.
#5: Mario Gotze (vs. Argentina)
The World Cup winning goal, Nuff said really. Ball dinked, chest control and volley. Gotze is a legend now.
#4: David Luiz (vs. Colombia)
One of the most expensive defenders sure knows how to kick a ball. This effort against Colombia was the best free kick from the tournament and gave Brazil a hard-fought win over Colombia.
#3: Robin Van Persie (vs. Spain)
Spain were routed early in the tournament by the Dutch, the pick of the goals was the equalizer from Robin Van Persie, literally a Flying Dutchman.
#2: Tim Cahill (vs. Holland)
Tim Cahill comes into the list with the 2nd best effort of the tournament. It never is easy to score a volley and it’s even harder when the ball is coming from behind you, someone forgot to tell that to Tim.
#1: James Rodriguez (vs. Uruguay)
Sometimes you are just left in awe from a moment of sheer brilliance. As the ball comes to him, he has a look at where the defender is and then hammers it in. James Rodriguez, take a bow.