Finally the FIFA World Cup 2014 is here.
The long wait is over and we can now sit back, watch the world’s top teams and the best players fight for football’s ultimate prize.
The World Cup finals are the place where legends are born, reputations cemented and the pretenders found out.
Every World Cup so far has produced ‘that’ star, ‘that’ player to take the tournament by the scruff of the neck and just own it.
When people look back at a certain World Cup finals they remember the star player just as much as the winning team.
I took a look at some previous finals, and thought of a player that I associate with that particular World Cup, for being just simply the star of the show.
Starting off in Mexico 86, there is only one man that this World Cup will be remembered for.
Love him or hate him you have to give it to him.
This was his World Cup, he owned it and owned every team he played against including England.
Not without controversy, Diego Maradona came away from Mexico as the star of the show and enhanced his reputation as possibly the greatest ever player.
Gazza as Oxford United fans will remember him in a Yellows shirt as Middlesbrough celebrated promotion to the Premiership after a 4-1 win over the U’s at the Riverside at the end of the 1997-98 season
Maybe I’m just biased, but Italia 90 is all about one man for me.
He didn’t win the World Cup and didn’t even get to the final, but this star shone the brightest in my eyes.
Gazza made himself a world star and won the hearts of a nation.
He was immediately elevated to hero status by young kids to grown men.
Even now he is still in the hearts of so many.
France 98 was about one man who carried his country to glory.
Zinedine Zidane spearheaded France’s charge to glory in the 1998 World Cup
Zinedine Zidane took all the pressure that came with playing for the host nation, and the expectation of being the team’s biggest star.
Brilliant throughout and with his brace in the final against Brazil, he cemented himself as one of the all-time greats.
The golden goal was introduced in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, and it was the man with the golden touch who was the star of the show.
With eight goals to his name, including two in the final, it helped Brazil’s Ronaldo (the original one!) become the player of the tournament.
His unique haircut, so his son could recognize him on TV, was just one of the reasons that set him apart from the rest.
He is still the World Cup finals record goalscorer with 15.
Wouldn’t it be great if Brazil 2014 was the World Cup remembered for Steven Gerrard dominating the tournament like he does for Liverpool or for Wayne Rooney winning our hearts with outstanding performances just like Gazza did in Italia 90?
Let’s be honest, we would ultimately just like to remember Brazil 2014 for England winning the World Cup.
Every kid who has ever kicked a football has had that dream of scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final.
This summer in Rio, dreams will come true, and on football’s biggest stage a new legend will be born.
Let’s just hope that the legend is born with English blood running through his veins.
Come on England!
12:32pm Monday 27th July 2015
OXFORD United are holding an open training session next week as the Kassam Stadium's new pitch sees its first action.
9:30am Monday 27th July 2015
Johnny Mullins challenged Oxford United to keep improving ahead of the new campaign after putting in their best display of pre-season with a 2-0 win at Eastleigh on Saturday.
8:00am Monday 27th July 2015
Your full sports results round-up from the weekend
8:00am Monday 27th July 2015
Banbury's hopes of reaching the South East Area semi-finals of the Nat West Club T20 competition were ended in a dramatic bowl-out against Gerrards Cross.
7:00am Monday 27th July 2015
Bradley Smith described winning the annual Suzuka 8 Hour race on his debut for the Factory Yamaha Team as “very special”.
6:30am Monday 27th July 2015
HORSPATH suffered a catastrophic collapse to crash to a 72-run defeat at home to leaders Henley in Division 1.
6:20am Monday 27th July 2015
RUNAWAY Division 2 leaders Great & Little Tew saw their advantage trimmed to 25 points after an agonising four-run defeat at home to Amersham in the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League.
6:00am Monday 27th July 2015
LAWRENCE Clarke’s return to The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London – as it is now called – for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games yielded mixed results, writes STUART WEIR.
5:00am Monday 27th July 2015
Romain Grosjean said Enstone-based Lotus deserved to pick up points at an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix.
4:55pm Saturday 25th July 2015
GOALS late in the first half from Johnny Mullins and Danny Hylton gave Oxford United victory in a pre-season friendly at Eastleigh.