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We are now down to the final four teams of the World Cup, and only a few of the biggest stars that made their way to Brazil remain in the tournament. Be it by way of injury, suspension, or elimination, many of the biggest names in soccer have now been eliminated from the World Cup.
First it was Cristiano Ronaldo, who was not able to carry Portugal out of the ‘group of death’ in the opening round. Then Luis Suarez was banned from soccer for four months before Uruguay’s round of 16 loss to Colombia. The controversial star was given the harsh penalty because it was the third time he had bitten an opponent during a game. ESPN looked at Suarez’s past to see what may have driven him to react the way he did to Giorgio Chiellini physical defense.
The breakout star of the tournament, James Rodríguez, failed to score in a game for the first time in the tournament as Colombia lost to Brazil 1-0 in the quarterfinals. Even more devastating was Neymar’s back injury, which will keep him sidelined in Brazil’s semifinal matchup against Germany, and likely for some time after that, this according to ABC.
However, the teams that did reach the semifinals and did not get there by accident. Germany, Brazil, Argentina, and the Netherlands have some pretty talented players of their own. Take a look at the 10 best players remaining in the World Cup.