The top five moments in soccer of 2014

2014 has been a great year for soccer all over the word with some of the best moments of the last decade happening within the last 365 days. Of course, the fact there was a World Cup last summer, in Brazil of all places, helped a lot to make 2014 a more than memorable year, so let’s take a look back at the moments that defined the the year: Sergio Ramos’ 93 minute goal Spanish defender Sergio Ramos would find himself a spot in Real Madrid and Champions League’s history thanks to a very last minute header in the final of the tournament to help the Merengues top Atletico Madrid. His goal gave way to overtime, in which Ancelotti’s men would prevail and beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 to win their 10th Champions League title… 12 years after winning their 9th. SEE ALSO: 2014: A year to remember for Real Madrid Pope Francis “helps” San Lorenzo win the Copa Libertadores San Lorenzo was there, in 1960, when the first Copa Libertadores took place. Only thing was, between then and now, the fifth big team in Argentina had never actually won the top continental tournament in America. But 2014 would be the year. Without the big stars of the past, Edgardo Bauza put together a squad that released the cracking all over South America, and ended up beating Paraguay’s Nacional to clinch their first Libertadores in history. The victory gave them a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup, and a chance to be crowned the best team in the world. Although the full dream was not achieved, the year will become the best in the club’s history after the Libertadores victory. Luis Suarez gets “acquainted” with Chiellini Things couldn’t be looking any better fro Uruguay. They were the surprise of the World Cup, playing very serious soccer and having in Luis Suarez their main star. The Uruguayan had already announce he was leaving Liverpool and a good performance in Brazil would help him get the contract of his dreams with whatever team he desired. Then, against Italy, he decided to reenact his episode with Ivanovic and he bit Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder. The game ended, Uruguay beat Italy, but FIFA reviewed the play and suspended the forward for 4 months, and almost a year at the International level. Surely, Suarez will not forget 2014. SEE ALSO: Jose Gimenez takes Europe by storm Colombia stuns the world in Brazil The round of 16 of the World Cup saw Colombia face off against Uruguay, a team devastated after Luis Suarez’s suspension. Still, Uruguay –top team in South America until 2013, winner of the Copa America in 2011 and fourth place team in the world in 2010– seemed strong enough to beat a team that had surprised everyone with their fresh style of play and some irreverent young players, like James Rodriguez, but which didn’t seem solid enough to break through the robust Celeste defense. But that all changed with Rodriguez himself unleashed a tremendous strike that would become the best goal of the tournament, and likely of the year. The Cafeteros proved the world they were here to stay, as they boast one of the top generations in the country’s history, and have a coach at the helm keen on making his team play like the angels. Lionel Messi keeps on scoring — a lot It’s been, arguably, Lionel Messi’s worst year as a professional. The Argentine has not won a single title, with his team, his National Team or at an individual level except for the World Cup Ballon d’Or, which made him blush when he got it, knowing full well other German players probably deserved it much more. But even in an “off” year, Messi broke records… incredible records. Spaced out by just a few days, Messi became the top goalscorer in Champions League history, crushing Raul’s previous mark of 71, and also in La Liga, overpassing mythical Athletic Bilbao’s forward Telmo Zarra. It doesn’t really matter if he wins a lot or not, Messi is reliable enough to always be present, and while he surely would have liked for 2014 to be a much more memorable year –possibly lifting the World Cup also–, these two records will make his year unforgettable in its own.The post The top five moments in soccer of 2014 appeared first on Voxxi.

2014 has been a great year for soccer all over the word with some of the best moments of the last decade happening within the last 365 days. Of course, the fact there was a World Cup last summer, in Brazil of all places, helped a lot to make 2014 a more than memorable year, so let’s take a look back at the moments that defined the the year:

Sergio Ramos’ 93 minute goal

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates scoring their first goal in stoppage time during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Spanish defender Sergio Ramos would find himself a spot in Real Madrid and Champions League’s history thanks to a very last minute header in the final of the tournament to help the Merengues top Atletico Madrid.

His goal gave way to overtime, in which Ancelotti’s men would prevail and beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 to win their 10th Champions League title… 12 years after winning their 9th.

SEE ALSO: 2014: A year to remember for Real Madrid

Pope Francis “helps” San Lorenzo win the Copa Libertadores

San Lorenzo won their first ever Copa Libertadores. It was one of the top soccer moments of 2014.
Pope Francis is given a San Lorenzo’s shirt, the Buenos Aires football team as he greets the faithful prior to his first ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica during Easter Mass on March 31, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis delivered his message to the gathered faithful from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square after his first Holy week as Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

San Lorenzo was there, in 1960, when the first Copa Libertadores took place. Only thing was, between then and now, the fifth big team in Argentina had never actually won the top continental tournament in America. But 2014 would be the year.

Without the big stars of the past, Edgardo Bauza put together a squad that released the cracking all over South America, and ended up beating Paraguay’s Nacional to clinch their first Libertadores in history.

The victory gave them a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup, and a chance to be crowned the best team in the world. Although the full dream was not achieved, the year will become the best in the club’s history after the Libertadores victory.

Luis Suarez gets “acquainted” with Chiellini

Luis Suarez biting Giogio Chiellini was one of the top soccer moments of 2014.
Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy react after a clash during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Things couldn’t be looking any better fro Uruguay. They were the surprise of the World Cup, playing very serious soccer and having in Luis Suarez their main star.

The Uruguayan had already announce he was leaving Liverpool and a good performance in Brazil would help him get the contract of his dreams with whatever team he desired. Then, against Italy, he decided to reenact his episode with Ivanovic and he bit Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder.

The game ended, Uruguay beat Italy, but FIFA reviewed the play and suspended the forward for 4 months, and almost a year at the International level. Surely, Suarez will not forget 2014.

SEE ALSO: Jose Gimenez takes Europe by storm

Colombia stuns the world in Brazil

James Rodriguez's goal against Uruguay in the World Cup was one of the top moments of 2014.
James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The round of 16 of the World Cup saw Colombia face off against Uruguay, a team devastated after Luis Suarez’s suspension.

Still, Uruguay –top team in South America until 2013, winner of the Copa America in 2011 and fourth place team in the world in 2010– seemed strong enough to beat a team that had surprised everyone with their fresh style of play and some irreverent young players, like James Rodriguez, but which didn’t seem solid enough to break through the robust Celeste defense.

But that all changed with Rodriguez himself unleashed a tremendous strike that would become the best goal of the tournament, and likely of the year.

The Cafeteros proved the world they were here to stay, as they boast one of the top generations in the country’s history, and have a coach at the helm keen on making his team play like the angels.

Lionel Messi keeps on scoring — a lot

Lionel Messi's performance in 2014 has been awesome. Goal-scoring machine.
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona with the match ball after scoring three goals during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on December 7, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

It’s been, arguably, Lionel Messi’s worst year as a professional. The Argentine has not won a single title, with his team, his National Team or at an individual level except for the World Cup Ballon d’Or, which made him blush when he got it, knowing full well other German players probably deserved it much more.

But even in an “off” year, Messi broke records… incredible records. Spaced out by just a few days, Messi became the top goalscorer in Champions League history, crushing Raul’s previous mark of 71, and also in La Liga, overpassing mythical Athletic Bilbao’s forward Telmo Zarra.

It doesn’t really matter if he wins a lot or not, Messi is reliable enough to always be present, and while he surely would have liked for 2014 to be a much more memorable year –possibly lifting the World Cup also–, these two records will make his year unforgettable in its own.

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