Where would the World Cup be without a little bit of sarcastic hyperbole?
Nowhere, so here you go:
"Greatest player of all time? Maradona. I don't think of James Rodriguez as a football player, he's above that." -Pep Guardiola in 1954
— Ahmad (@PossessionStats) June 28, 2014
Having started the tournament as a relative unknown, Rodriguez’s performances at this World Cup have seen him become a cross-over star.
His five goals in four games and two assists have made him player of the tournament fodder – so impressive has he been that another James, LeBron passed comment.
Might want give up that handle there, for the is a new King in town.
All this Rodriguez goodwill won’t last though.
Everyone loves him now, but when James Rodriguez inevitably joins Arsenal, he'll suddenly be "overrated."
— James R (@SantiCathorla) June 28, 2014
To be clear, James Rodriguez will not join Arsenal.
But on to the big story besides what was going on out on the pitch in the first match of the day and, to many, it made Colombia's celebration later in the day seem boring by comparison.
Chilean TV reporter Jhendelyn Nunez became a huge hit on social media last evening after she celebrated her country's equaliser against Brazil in this very exuberant fashion, revealing a very patriotic bikini top.
The media centre suddenly became a place that was both interesting and fun, whereas of course it's normally perceived as a thoroughly dull setting. Funny that.
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) June 28, 2014
However, Colombia, of course, did not beat Uruguay all on their own. Step forward the press.
English Press 1 Uruguay 0 — Chetan (@chetanv82) June 28, 2014
The English press also got the second goal and could possibly make a late dash for leading scorer. Lay your bets people.
Of course, before the English press took to the field, there was another game played.
Brazilian fans celebrate their victory at Bixiga neighbourhood in the city of Sao Paulo at the end of the 2014 World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile in Belo Horizonte June 28, 2014.
It may not have been the best, but it was certainly the biggest.
In fact, Brazil's match with Chile in the last 16 of the World Cup finals that Luiz Felipe Scolari's side edged 3-2 on penalties after a rousing 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte was the most tweeted match in the history of the tournament.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 29, 2014
Apparently, it is also the most tweeted match in the history of sport, more than any Super Bowl has managed in the US. It confirms football's status as the world's most popular game. Not that we didn't know.
So Brazil v Chile is the most tweeted match. Ever. Or presumably until the host nation face Colombia in the quarter-finals on Friday. Or until the USA face Belgium in the last 16 on Tuesday. We shall see. The race to become world champions of social media is well and truly on.
— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) June 28, 2014
Good to see Fred has chipped into his country's cause by growing a moustache like Freddie Mercury. Is Fred as useful as a chocolate fireguard? We think so. 'Big' Phil Scolari thinks not.
— Soccer Gods (@soccergods) June 28, 2014
Thank goodness for Neymar, says Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari. But never underestimate the contribution of a good goal, or some sturdy woodwork during the match and penalties.
Man of the match for Brazil pic.twitter.com/KcRXfBTV7I
— Troll Football (@Troll__Football) June 28, 2014
40,000 fans enjoyed the tension on Copacabana beach. Great day for the national team, and Brazilian pickpockets.
Good job for Yorkshire referee Howard Webb that his decision to chop off Hulk's goal didn't prove costly.
Brazil fans outside the stadium waiting for Howard Webb. pic.twitter.com/T9CPAuLEld
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) June 28, 2014
— HuffPostUK Pictures (@HuffPostUKPics) June 28, 2014
Still time for some England-bashing before we sign off for today.
— Bolarinwa (@iambolar) June 25, 2014
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