10 Players Whose Stock Fell During the 2014 Brazil World Cup Round of 16

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10 Players Whose Stock Fell During the 2014 Brazil World Cup Round of 16
Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

In every World Cup, and in every round of every World Cup, new footballing stars are born: Witness the rise of Colombia’s James Rodriguez in the 2014 Brazil tournament and the resurgence of Andre Schurrle and Romelu Lukaku in the round of 16.

Yet for all of the key moments of magic that the protagonists delivered over the past few days, so too there are antagonists and fall guys who will have to face criticism for their disappointing performances.

As we look forward to the quarterfinals, let’s continue our review of the round of 16 and look back on 10 players whose stock fell in the last 16. Football’s an unforgiving game.

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