Millions of Germans took to the streets around the world last night to celebrate their team’s victory in the World Cup final which came about with a dramatic late goal in a 1-0 victory that prevented Argentina claiming victory in the spiritual home of their biggest rivals.
Ecstatic crowds sang and danced throughout the night following a dramatic last-gasp winner from young German hero Mario Götze, while tears flowed in Argentina after their stars – led by talisman Lionel Messi – failed to deliver.
In the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Angela Merkel – the German Chancellor – led the celebrations by hugging the players as they went up to receive their medals and the trophy. She later enjoyed a beer with Germany’s victorious manager Joachim Low in the team’s dressing room.
Hero-of-the-hour Gotze celebrated with a kiss from his lingerie model girlfriend, while celebrities in the crowd included David Beckham – who brought sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, all wearing Argentina strips – and Rihanna, who celebrated Germany’s victory by flashing her bra and was later seen partying with the players themselves.
Also spotted was President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, former Brazilian internationals Kaka and Pele, singer Sir Mick Jagger, former Spanish international Carles Puyol, model Gisele Bundchen who both presented the World Cup in a special Louis Vuitton travel case, Gisele Bundchen’s husband NFL star Tom Brady, FIFA President Sep Blatter, German President Joachim Gauck final, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and many others.
Bringing glamour to the proceedings, Columbian singer Shakira wowed fans as she joined forces with Carlinhos Brown. This is the third World Cup in which Shakira has performed.
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