The best memes of the 2014 World Cup

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Fans looking to relive the glorious victories and heartbreaking defeats of the past month could spend hours reading through articles. For those short on time, it might be more fun to just flip through this slideshow for the cartoon tale of the highs and lows. 

The memes kicked off with Robin van Persie's amazing header, for which he'll always been known as The Flying Dutchman. Over the next four weeks fans put Mexican goalkeeper's Guillermo Ochoa's face on Christ the Redeemer as he saved Mexico throughout the group stage; enormous cartoon gloves on Tim Howard's hands after his historic 16-save performance, and Christ the Redeemer's head in his hands after Brazil's historic 7-1 semi-final loss.

The famous statue was modified over and over – but Howard arguably gained the most memes as #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave went viral. 

Luis Suarez and Ochoa rivaled Howard in the game of memes, though for very different reasons. Many fans actually fell for an Ochoa meme showing him with six fingers on each hand; few could help but create a meme after Suarez chomped down on Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder – it was just too easy.

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