Christ The Redeemer Was The Unexpected Star Of The World Cup Final

As the sun set on the World Cup, Rio’s iconic statue gave the world an unforgettable image.

Shortly after half time during the World Cup Final, the TV coverage showed the sun setting behind Rio’s Christ The Redeemer statue.

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Twitter went crazy for the image. #ChristTheRedeemer became a worldwide trending topic.

ESPN’s version has been retweeted over 20,000 times.

Twitter: @espn

It’s all over Instagram too.

The iconic image was shown on the scoreboard inside the Estadio do Maracana.

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And later, as the sun disappeared below the horizon, the moon made for an equally striking scene.


Lit with the colours of the Brazilian flag.


And after Germany’s victory, the statue was lit up in their national colours.

Christ the Redeemer lit up in German colours after their World Cup win! #GER

— World Cup 2014 (@PostWorldCup)

Naturally the sunset image has become a meme already. There’s even an 8-bit version.

Via Twitter: @8bitfootball

And here come the Suarez gags.

#ChristTheRedeemer #SuarezBiting

— connor shane smith (@smithy1997)

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Luke Lewis is BuzzFeed's Head of European Growth and is based in London.
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