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Argentina's Lionel Messi (C) fights for the ball with Belgium's Axel Witsel (L) and Toby Alderweireld during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
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Meet all the real winners of the 2014 World Cup

Kabir Chibber
By Kabir Chibber


After one glorious month, the World Cup in Brazil ends today. On the field, it is either Germany or Argentina that’ll be lifting the trophy. But one constant truth of the tournament is being told definitively who the “real winners” of the World Cup are—no matter how tenuous the impact or connection may be.

Here’s a list of companies, products, types of media, hook-up apps, and chicken restaurants that have been said to have come out on top in 2014 edition of the world’s biggest sporting event. Notice one media outlet that seems to like the format?

Of course, we’ll find out who the real winners of the World Cup are today. It’ll be the team that scores the most goals.

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