The World Cup has ended, and it was one of the greatest of all time. The final was a battle, as Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time. Two of the German protagonists in the game displayed more than just solid performances in the final.
Bastian Schweinsteiger displayed confidence, some would say arrogance, in what was written on his boots for the World Cup final. What was written on his shoes?
"The Chosen One"
A bit arrogant? Perhaps. But hey, it's his boots.
Schweinsteiger had a tough World Cup final, as he was fouled several times which included one foul that saw him get a nasty cut on his face, thanks to a Sergio Aguero foul. Bastian ran 15km and took a beating in the game, but I'm sure he'd tell you it was all worth it.
Schweinsteiger may have had "The Chose One" on his boots, but the "chosen one" of the game was without a doubt Mario Goetze. The Bayern Munich man came on as a substitue in the 88th minute and grabbed the title-winning goal in the 113th minute, making it the second latest World Cup-winning goal ever (Andres Iniesta, Spain, 116th minute against Netherlands, 2010).
As the trophy was presented to the German team, Mario Goetze began to wave a jersey up and down in celebration. Whose jersey was it?
The Dortmund star suffered a partial tear of his left ankle ligament during a friendly game against Armenia prior to the World Cup. Goetze and Reus are great friends and Mario displayed his support for his friend by carrying Marco Reus' "21" jersey around the Estadio Maracanã during the celebration.
Classy move by Mario Goetze to honor his friend, teammate, and someone who surely would have had a solid World Cup for Die Mannschaft if healthy.
Congrats once again to Germany on winning their fourth World Cup title.