It is a flat circular metallic piece, golden in colour, having a trophy engraved upon it. Arguably every football player in the world craves to be adorned by it. But only a select few are honoured with a FIFA World Cup winners medal.
Each triumphant country has a contingent of 23 players, all of whom receive a medal. However, numerous players don't actually contribute that much on the field as compared to the star players in the squad. In fact, most of the times a couple of players don't even feature in the teamsheet even once.
Germany were crowned as champions in 2014 in Brazil and that squad as well had some individuals who are - no disrespect to them - easy to forget. On that note here are 5 forgotten World Cup winners in 2014.
#5 Erik Durm
Back in 2014, Erik Durm played for Borussia Dortmund and was a promising young player. Going into the World Cup, the left-back was 22 years of age and had just one cap to his name.
Naturally, no one expected Durm to play a starring role and the tournament was going be to a learning experience for him. In the end, he did not play even for a minute as coach Joachim Low preferred a host of experienced defenders who were at his disposal. Centre-back Benedikt Howedes was preferred to Durm in the left-back spot.
Durm is still a Dortmund player, but he has not been able to cement a starting role. His influence has decreased due to the arrival of Raphael Guerreiro in 2016. His has not able to build on his potential, making just 14 appearances last season.