It took more than 120 minutes and a goal in extra time, but Germany emerged as the World Cup champion with a 1-0 win over Argentina on Saturday. Once the game ended, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro was illuminated in German colors, and Twitter was abuzz with responses to the tournament’s final game.
Mario Goetze acrobatically scored the championship winner in the 113th minute, and South African rugby player Juandre Kruger tweeted: "It only takes a second to score a goal. Congratulations #Germany and Mario Götze #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/8bCx9SHLmm @JochenGrobler"
Sabine Lisicki, a German professional tennis player, joined many in tweeting about national pride: "There are no words to describe how proud and happy I am for @DFB_Team #UNREAL #OVERWHELMING #worldcup #winner"
LeBron James attended the final and reported that he enjoyed the action: "The greatest sporting event I've ever been to! #WorldCupFinal #Brazil #StriveForGreatness http://instagram.com/p/qZwxjLCTFU/ "
After the match, individual awards were announced. Germany’s Manuel Neuer received the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper; Colombia’s James Rodriguez earned the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, and Argentina’s Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
Messi’s selection sparked controversy, especially after his team lost. Many made arguments for Germany’s Thomas Mueller, but Messi still found much appreciation on social media.
Ramsha Shoaib wrote: "Respect for Lionel Messi! You are a legend, the best player!"
Sergi Dominguez tweeted: "Messi: 4 goals. Carried Argentina all the way to the finals and created more chances than any player. That's bad for you, eh?"