A World Cup is said to be the stage where the best players really show their colours and prove that they have the right to be at the top of the game.
Yet, this year’s tournament has proven otherwise, with some countries, and players, stealing their limelight.
It is not unknown for shocks to happen, with recent memories including France being knocked of the 2002 World Cup at group stages, whilst co-hosts South Korea reached the semi-finals.
In more distant years, Uruguay beat the odds, to defeat hosts and favourites Brazil back in 1950, against a team that included greats like defender Nilton Santos and Zizinho.
Yet, this year’s World Cup in Brazil, whilst it is just over a week old, has already thrown up plenty of shocks to last us for the entire tournament.