Germany became World Cup champions for the fourth time in their history on Sunday evening, rounding off the competition with glory and helping the 2014 tournament cement its place as the best World Cup of all time.
But as is the case with any major international competition, it wasn't all about the destination, but very much about the journey and how we made our way to the Maracana final.
Perhaps it was the disappointment of 2010 that helped set a lower bar for this latest contest, but the 2014 tournament was spectacular in so many ways, going further than any expectations we might have held.
Of course, it's only a snapshot of the entertainment, but we've compiled the 25 biggest reasons as to precisely why that is. Feel free to make your own suggestions as to why Brazil laid on such a footballing feast in the forum below.