Compilation Of Toni Kroos 2014 World Cup Masterclass Shows He Spearheaded Germany's Success
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A compilation of Toni Kroos' performances at the 2014 World Cup has gone viral, showcasing just how brilliant the midfielder was eight years ago.
In an ideal world we'd be enjoying the start of this summer's World Cup right now, but instead we're sat waiting for it because of FIFA's ridiculous decision to host the tournament in Qatar, leading to it needing to be played in November.
With no tournament on right now it's the perfect time to reminisce about the summers that have gone by, and few were better than that of 2014.
For Germany it was the perfect tournament, as they swooped to a fourth World Cup by beating Argentina in the final, thanks to Mario Gotze's extra time winner.
Kroos was the fulcrum of the team, with the then 24-year-old midfielder providing four assists for his teammates and also scoring twice himself, both in the destruction of Germany.
Now a compilation showing the midfielder's best bits has gone viral and it shows just how brilliant he was in South America.
2014 World Cup by @ToniKroos was just ridiculous, one 🐐 performance after the other pic.twitter.com/4g1PS07pmD— 𝙔𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚 (@SwishFutbol) June 15, 2022
Kroos provided an assist in the team's group stage win over Portugal and then made the pass for Mats Hummels winner in the quarter finals against France.
The semi final against the hosts was arguably his best performance, as Germany destroyed Phil Scolari's side 7-1 in the Estadio Mineirao.
The then Bayern Munich midfielder scored in the 24th and 26th minutes, to give his team a 4-0 lead inside the opening 30 minutes of the match.
He also set up two goals as Brazil were utterly humiliated, and earned the nicknames 'Garcom,' Portuguese for waiter, for his ability to deliver the ball.
He was unsurprisingly nominated for the Golden Ball award at the tournament, although he missed out to Lionel Messi, who also got his team into the final.
Before the tournament Kroos was on the verge of moving to Manchester United, but David Moyes' sacking led to Louis van Gaal cancelling the deal, as he didn't want the midfielder.
Instead, his performances in helping win the World Cup earned him a move to Real Madrid, for the measly sum of €30 million, oh how things could have been so different.
That decision to go to Real has certainly paid off, with the 32-year-old having won the Champions League on four occasions with Los Blancos and earning himself a position in the debate for the greatest midfield trios of all time.
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