Confederations Cup 2013 Final: Ranking the MVPs of Brazil's Impressive Victory
Brazil showed up for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in spectacular fashion, dominating throughout the group stage and performing at their best, including their 3-0 victory over Spain in the final.
Now, it's time to figure out which players contributed most to Brazil's improbable victory over the Spanish giants, who won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euro.
We saw many Brazilian players emerge in this tournament, and it culminated in what was a domination of one of the best team's in international football history.
Let's take a look at Brazil's top MVPs after the showdown.
Brazil came into the Confederations Cup unsure who would take over the striker position, but an early front-runner was Fred, given his playing time. He wasted no time erasing any doubt on who would start at striker.
Fred ended the tournament tied with Fernando Torres at the top with five goals, but his two finishes on Sunday played a bigger role in Brazil's victory than anything else. He put his country up early by scoring while laying on the ground and sealed a 3-0 victory late in the match.
Fred's six shots produced four shots on target, two of which ended up making a big difference in the match.
The striker has shown unstoppable pace at times and figures to be Brazil's best bet at winning a World Cup next summer from the striker position. He's shown incredible chemistry with Neymar that is a must for any offensive-minded Brazilian who wants to play.
Get ready, football world. A new superstar is in the making.
Neymar solidified his status as one of a few up-and-coming players who can safely say that he could become the next best player in the world. This much was proven by his performance in the Confederations Cup.
The 21-year-old playmaker made his usual impact on Sunday, scoring a goal that was a blistering strike right past Iker Casillas. The goal gave Brazil a 2-0 lead, and they wouldn't look back.
Neymar wasn't Brazil's MVP for the championship match, but he was certainly the most valuable player for any team throughout the entire tournament.
3. David Luiz
Every championship is won by an all-around team effort, but there's always that one play that sticks on the highlight reels and turns into the moment of destiny.
David Luiz owns that moment for Brazil in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
With Spain trailing by just one goal and starting to take momentum after going down early, they produced an offensive attack that ended with Pedro putting a finish on the goal. It seemed to be an inevitability that Spain would tie things up, before Luiz came sliding in to save the ball off the goal line.
Minutes later, Neymar would extend the lead and put Spain away for good.
4. Julio Cesar
Brazil made it look easy out there, but it was far from that for goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
The Brazilian shot-stopper came in facing one of the most potent attacks of star playmakers, but he stood tall to the test. He made seven saves on the match, often taking the match into his own hands.
On top of that, he completely outperformed Casillas, which is a feat in and of itself.
Cesar made a huge statement for his Brazilian team on Sunday. Not only is this a team that can score goals in a hurry, but it's incredibly tough to return the favor.
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