Now that the World Cup is over, a trio of German internationals head back to the Emirates Stadium with some shiny winners’ medals to show off. Although Mesut Ozil had a big role in Germany’s win, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker’s participation was limited to the odd substitute appearance. As for their teammates, the best performers were Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Sami Khedira.
Others who had great tournaments without picking up the big prize in Brazil came from leftfield, with a few big names floundering. Meanwhile, a few more players caught the eye for very different reasons – their good looks! We compare the fortunes of the top scorers and those who set hearts of female fans fluttering at the World Cup:
Sitting at the top of the charts was Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez. At the time of writing, he has just agreed to join Real Madrid from French moneybags AS Monaco for around £63m on the strength of his displays for Jose Pekerman’s boys.
One behind him was Thomas Muller of Germany. The Bayern Munich forward, helped by a phalanx of creative midfielders including Ozil, came away with five goals, two of which in the 7-1 rout of Brazil in the semi-finals.
Three players – Lionel Messi of runners-up Argentina, Neymar from Brazil and [gulp] Robin van Persie – got four goals apiece. Neymar would have got more had his tournament not been cut short by injury but unlike many of his teammates; he came away from the tournament with dignity.
Soccer sex symbols
A game to find the hottest (as well as a few that have us recoiling in horror) players at the World Cup saw Ghana and Schalke midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng come out on top with 62% saying he was attractive. On the pitch, he was sent home with a group game still to go for indiscipline!
In second place was another player who wasn’t seen too much. In actual fact, Greece goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas spent the whole tournament on the bench, but that didn’t stop 60% of players saying he was attractive.
South Korea’s Ki Sung-Yueng came third with 59%, while Cristiano Ronaldo, who had such a disappointing tournament with Portugal despite his best efforts, won 55%, featuring inside the top 10. The most unattractive player as voted by the fans through ‘Hot or Not’ was Marouane Fellaini, the Manchester United flop who had a decent tournament with Belgium.
A bit of fun ahead of Gunners Fair and Baz Says tomorrow.