Is Messi really better than Maradona?

On Saturday, as Lionel Messi jinxed and weaved his way through a wall of Iran defenders to clinch Argentina’s spot in the round of 16, the feeling that one of football’s most gripping narratives of the last decade was about to reach its conclusion was impossible to ignore.

Having beaten records in spades and won everything he could have dreamt of with Barcelona, the diminutive Argentine was hailed as the greatest ever player to have graced the game and those who have witnessed his performances over the last couple of years could hardly disagree.

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Holland and Chile are the real World Cup’s dark horses

With Spain’s capitulation last night, the World Cup has not only lost its defending champions at the group stage for the second consecutive edition after Italy failed to make it out of their group in 2010, but it has also been deprived of one of the pre-tournament favourites.

While Germany impressed, Brazil, the team who shared the favourites tag with Vicente Del Bosque’s men, failed to impress against Mexico on Tuesday and Argentina laboured more than expected to overcome Bosnia on Sunday.

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Play Rooney in his role or don’t play him at all

In 2010, as England laboured through a group containing the USA, Slovenia and Algeria, fans were left baffled by the sight of a team lacking inventive, guile and treated attacking football as if it was a virus.

To a lesser extent, the same issues blighted England’s qualifying campaign, with Roy Hodgson’s team criticised and derided for their style of football, so pedestrian and pragmatic that it hailed from the “dark ages” according to Gary Lineker.

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Who wins the World Cup of broadcasters?

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Controversy on the pitch, granted. Dodgy decision by the match officials, of course. Debatable team selections, obviously. Said factors ensure discussions run riot for the duration of a World Cup – and at times, in fact, for a lot longer than that – but the one thing guaranteed to be often met with widespread disdain is the tournament’s TV coverage.

For all the entertainment on display on the pitch, on these shores the 2014 World Cup coverage has attracted its fair share of criticism, with ITV and the BBC failing to fully convince viewers they’re the real stars of the tournament.

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Best World Cup youngster revealed!

The first five days of World Cup football have produced 44 goals, controversy aplenty and some wonderful football – with the sorry exception of Iran vs Nigeria – and some exciting team and individual performances.

Ahead of the tournament we’ve teamed up with exciting new smartphone app OnePulse and asked its users which World Cup debutant would take the World Cup by storm and the results made for some interesting reading.

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England’s starting XI Announced!!!

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With under 48 hours until England open their World Cup campaign against Italy in the heat of Manaus, Roy Hodgson has received so many suggestions for his starting XI than he’d take him another four years to get his head around reading all of them.

Should England’s game focus on stifling the threat posed by Andrea Pirlo? Or should Hodgson’s men adopt the same cavalier approach that characterised Liverpool’s title charge last season?

The conundrum over the line-up is almost inevitable and while Hodgson has probably already made his mind up, choosing the starting XI remains one of the favourite exercises of fans and pundits across the country.

Here’s ours…

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