World Cup: Number 10 flops

Brazil’s number ten Kaka had hoped to engrave his name in the World Cup hall of fame despite coming into the tournament on the back of an injury-plagued, below par season at Real Madrid. But his showing remained obstinately on a lower plane as the Brazilians never hit the heights of Pele’s generation, bowing out meekly to the Dutch after Kaka again failed to hit the target. Three assists and no goals was not what fans of the auriverde had been demanding.

As for Lionel Messi, the record books will show that his second World Cup finals ended in similar ignonimity as his first. His attempt to succeed Diego Maradona as Argentina’s World Cup hero began in 2006 but he found his opportunities limited and was left on the bench as Germany beat Argentina on penalties. This time around he failed to live up to the hype that was surrounding him as the world’s greatest player continually running down blind alleys and failing to score a single goal before the South Americans were again eliminated by the Germans in the quarter-finals. Continue reading