The World Cup
Every four years, soccer fans across the globe enthusiastically enjoy the fevered pitch of elite international competition via the World Cup, one of the most popular sporting events of all time. FIFA added to the excitement in 1999 when the Women’s World Cup was created and scheduled to alternate with the men’s tournament.
Since 1930, male athletes such as Pele, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona, along with female counterparts such as Abby Wambach, Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm and Marta have graced the field and given electrifying performances. With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil upon us, here is a look at a few of the most inspiring moments from the past 84 years.