For many analysts, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ was the best of all time, and not without good reason. As well as thrilling and fiercely fought encounters, last year’s edition threw up some of the most captivating stories of recent years.
With that in mind, FIFA.com sat down with some of the main protagonists of Brazil 2014 for a look back at the memorable tournament. And the first to do so was none other than Lionel Messi. The winner of the adidas Golden Ball for Player of the Tournament accepted our invitation during his recent visit to Zurich and gave his take on five key moments from the finals.
“I didn’t realise the crowd were chanting my name in the previous move,” Messi said of his first goal in the competition. “I don’t know if they particularly wanted me to score, but expectations were certainly high, given our form coming into the tournament,” he added. If you’d like to hear more, just click on the adjoining video. You might be as surprised as the Rosario-born star was after watching each of them.
As well as his opening goal, we hear Messi’s thoughts on the shock early exit of Spain and ask him if he was in contact with any of his Barcelona team-mates at the time. We also talk to the Argentinian captain about Germany’s unforgettable 7-1 win that shook the very foundations of Brazil, his side’s dramatic penalty shootout against the Netherlands in the semi-final, and one particular move from the decider at the Maracana that could have changed the course of the Final.