5 Players Who Would Have Improved the 2014 FIFA World Cup

5 Players Who Would Have Improved the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Sweden v England - International Friendly
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The 2014 World Cup was absolutely spectacular. With Luis Suarez’s bite to the record-tying amount of goals in the tournament, Brazil seemingly had it all. The final between Germany and Argentina was watched by 26 million viewers in the U.S., which is a record for soccer. As exciting as the competition was there were some players that could have added a little bit more to the tournament.

5. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC - La Liga
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5. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC - La Liga
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The Welsh wizard is one of the most exciting players in soccer. His game-winning goals in the UEFA Champions League final and the Copa del Rey final were absolute stunners. Bale is a pacey player that puts the crowd on its feet. The Madrid winger had a great season at Real Madrid and it is a shame that Wales could not qualify for the World Cup.

4. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao: Belgium v Colombia - International Friendly
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4. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao: Belgium v Colombia - International Friendly
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Falcao is one of the deadliest striker in Europe. Colombia was a revelation and almost beat the host nation in the quarter-finals. Colombia could have used a clinical finisher to shoulder some of the offensive burden from James Rodriguez. At the very least the Monaco striker could have commanded attention to himself, freeing up other players.

3. Carlos Tevez

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3. Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez: Aston Villa v Manchester City - Premier League
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El Apache’s omission from the Argentine squad was a mistake made by Sabella. As controversial as Tevez has been, he has always been effective on the field. With Lavezzi firing blanks and Aguero injured, Tevez would have been a key player for the World Cup finalist. The Juventus attacker is a tireless player who is adept at playing in the middle or on the wings. Argentina would have been sharper against Germany with Tevez.

2. Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan: Guatemala v United States
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2. Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan: Guatemala v United States
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The omission of Landon Donovan was a questionable decision. With Jozy Altidore injured during the first game, their former captain would have been beneficial. Donovan's inclusion would have allowed Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to play in their natural roles, which could have propelled the U.S. further in the competition.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Sweden v France - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012
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1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Sweden v France - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012
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"One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic was caught in the stands in Brazil, but one can only imagine what kind of stunners he would have scored had he participated in the World Cup. The PSG star would have made the World Cup better.

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