LeBron James was in attendance as Germany overcame Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final thanks to an extra-time goal in Rio.
And it looks like the whole experience has made quite an impact on the man recently reacquainted with the Cleveland Cavaliers. So much so in fact that James even admitted that the event is bigger than the NBA Finals which are so close to his heart.
World Cup spectacle
Having arrived in the South American nation prior to the big game, LeBron James spoke to a crowd gathered at a promotional event:
"This is bigger than the NBA Finals in the sense of the world. You have all the players representing their countries. It's the ultimate sport. You have to play as a team," said the four-time NBA MVP who was evidently blown away by the scale of the World Cup.
"The NBA Finals is the ultimate for basketball. This is the ultimate for football. I've been watching it from home in the States and it's been an unbelievable tournament," continued James, who revealed his decision to return to the Cavs on Friday.
Keeping James entertained
LeBron James wasn't disappointed by the spectacle put on by Germany and Argentina. Watching in the Maracana stadium as an invited guest, James took to social media during the game:
"The greatest sporting event I've ever been to! #WorldCupFinal #Brazil #StriveForGreatness," wrote the NBA superstar alongside a picture of the game.
And it wasn't just the likes of Lionel Messi and Götze impressing James out in Brazil. At one point a streaker interrupted proceedings and LeBron was on hand to capture the event on film.
LeBron's return to Cleveland after four successful years with the Miami Heat means that he may miss out on an NBA Finals appearance for the first time in five years next season.
While the Cavs have seen their chances of going deep into the 2015 postseason increase no end with James' decision, the player himself admitted that it would be difficult to bring immediate success to a franchise who finished with a disappointing 33-49 record last season.
So after four straight Finals, and two NBA title wins, maybe it is lucky for LeBron that he has decided to move on just when he seems to have discovered a sporting spectacle which somehow manages to eclipse the drama and excitement associated with the NBA's curtain-closer.
Despite that, we wouldn't want to bet against James returning to the NBA Finals next season with the team he began his NBA career with back in 2003.
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