Super Mario! The 22-year-old star who won the World Cup for Germany
Ann-Kathrin Brommel, a 24-year-old model and singer, was first on the pitch to congratulate the 22-year-old hero behind the 113th-minute goal that saw his nation lift the World Cup for a fourth time.
Germany wins 2014 World Cup: Mario Gotze scores game-winning goal in 113th minute of extra time
The best, highest-scoring team in this World Cup required 113 minutes to infiltrate the impenetrable Argentine defense, and it took a remarkable play to do it.
Messi's golden ball award shocked many, but his magic made Argentina
Lionel Messi's crowning as the World Cup's outstanding player shocked some prominent figures, but without his individual brilliance Argentina's goals dried up.