With former winners England, Spain, Italy and Uruguay now out, and old stalwart Mexico denied a place in the quarter finals thanks to a Dutch goal at the literal last minute, this World Cup has been nothing if not surprising. And with Costa Rica coming out of nowhere to the shock and awe of everyone, the surprises are sure to keep coming.
The broader article on the history of the competition may have been accessed by people looking for the long view, but in truth it was probably more to do with people looking for the more specific article above.
Usually, when a big-shot director is tired of a franchise, the studio will offer him a juicy pay packet to stay on; Paramount gave Michael Bay an entire movie so he would agree to continue to prop up their tent-pole series, which is all the more vital since Marvel and Indiana Jones are now at Disney. The movie's 17% RT rating (even lower than for the much-reviled entry, Revenge of the Fallen) shows just how much commitment Bay brought to the project; that said, its $300 million worldwide opening (of which $100 million was from the US and $90 million, thanks to some shameless in-movie pandering, was from China) shows audiences don't really care.
2013's Golden Ball winner is a prime contender for the "best player on the planet" title. His popularity is such that he is on this list despite the fact that Portugal were kicked out at the first round after losing 4–0 to Germany.
This article suddenly reappeared in the top 25 a few months ago after a long absence; it's always difficult to determine the reasons for the popularity of website articles (how many are simply misaimed clicks on the Google search list?) but there are at least two possibilities: first, it released its digital media player, Amazon Fire TV on April 2, and second, it is currently embroiled in a dispute with publisher Hachette that could decide whether book publishers even need to exist in the post-digital world.
The Liverpoolforward had already earned the nickname "the vampire" for his peculiar habit of biting people during matches, but his latest bout of bloodthirst (against Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini) has proven particularly controversial, as the match ban he received for it was arguably responsible for Uruguay's exit from the World Cup.
The Argentineforward and captain of the national team is another contender for the title of "best footballer on the planet". FIFA certainly thinks so; he won the Golden Ball award three years in a row. He scored a goal in each of the games Argentina played in the group stage, making him a key element in the team's qualification for the knockout stage.