10 Incredible World Cup Animated Videos
From Robin van Persie's headed goal to James Rodriguez's sensational display to Lionel Messi doing Lionel Messi-like things, the 2014 World Cup has lived up to and exceeded expectations.
It's still only approaching the quarter-final stage, but the world's biggest footballing showcase has had no shortage of highlights.
Thanks to the services of some talented animators and filmmakers who flourish in aesthetic and humour, some of the tournament's biggest moments can be relived on repeat in animated mode.
Here we present the best of the creative World Cup endeavours.
World Cup Preview in Minecraft Mode
The animations got started before the tournament even kicked off.
In this hype video, we have Cristiano Ronaldo lining up a free kick in the variety of Minecraft, the popular video game.
Brazil's Entire World Cup History in One Cartoon
Most of the pre-tournament hype surrounded host country and presumed favourites, Brazil.
With a new worldly star primed for a breakthrough in front of the entire planet in Neymar, much was expected of the illustrious Brazilian side.
They've made it through to the quarter-finals, but have failed to impress (yet). Such are the expectations of a country so rife with success.
Before the tournament, Goal.com broke down their entire World Cup history.
Brazil vs. Croatia, Brick by Brick
Brazil's World Cup got off to an auspicious start against Croatia in the opener.
Not only did they go behind early because of a Marcelo own goal, but it took a controversial penalty call before Brazil could finally take the lead.
The Guardian relived the match through Legos.
Brazil vs. Croatia, Round 2
Others had a different, more humourous take on Brazil's fortuitous escape from the opener.
Rovin Van Persie's Incredible Headed Goal Flip Booked
Much was expected out of the defending World Cup champions Spain, who had also won the previous two European championships.
The world No. 1-ranked side took an early lead against the Netherlands, but Robin van Persie equalised with an incredible headed goal—arguably the goal of the tournament.
From there, the Dutch ran roughshod through Spain to a shocking 5-1 victory, and van Persie's strike was immediately a thing of legend.
Here it's recreated by means of a flip book.
Mario Balotelli Destroys England in Legos
Italy's Mario Balotelli spent years as a lightning rod in England as a mercurial Manchester City talent.
He even told the media before the tournament that England couldn't win the World Cup. His words were backed up when he broke the hearts of the forever-heartbroken Three Lions fans with a late headed winner.
Here it's recreated via Legos.
Lego Pepe Rages Against Thomas Mueller
Portugal's start in the so-called "Group of Death" against Germany got off to an auspicious start.
Pepe was rightfully sent off for a blatant head-butt of Thomas Mueller and Germany ran away with a 4-0 dismantling afterward.
Considering Portugal's goal-differential was the reason why the United States and not the Portuguese advanced to the knockout stages, the pivotal moment was worth the Lego treatment.
Lionel Messi Carries Argentina Past Iran
Much was expected out of a Lionel Mess-led Argentina side.
In their opening match, they middled through 90 minutes and appeared bound for a 0-0 draw with an Iran side that not much was expected out of.
But in one late in extra time, Messi scored on an incredible bit of individual brilliance.
The moment was captured by talented artist Richard Swarbrick, who has made a habit of making fascinating football animations.
Hilarious Compilation of the Group Stage in Its Entirety
A long, hilarious animation was thrown together by 442oons that took into effect the majority of the noteworthy happenings of the group stages of the tournament.
Everything from Luis Suarez' hunger to Spain's plight to Alex Song's elbow make the cut.
James Rodriguez Incredible Goal Gets the Swarbrick Treatment
If anyone could match van Persie or Messi in terms of theatrics of an amazing goal, it's Colombia's emerging superstar James Rodriguez.
Rodriguez scored easily the most sensational goal of the round of 16, and as such, it got the Richard Swarbrick treatment.