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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.

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

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

Wow this just doesn't look real #worldcup2014 #ChristTheRedeemer

Elliot Wagland@elliotwagland

Wow this just doesn't look real #worldcup2014 #ChristTheRedeemer

9:12 PM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

It's all over Instagram too.

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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.

YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP / Getty Images

Lit with the colours of the Brazilian flag.

YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP / Getty Images

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

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

10:53 PM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

And here come the Suarez gags.

Stunning.

Love you, Brazil.