Continuing in its rich tradition of making stars out of players every 4 years, this summer’s World Cup helped elevate a number of footballers to the next level on the basis of their performances for their national sides. Many came to compete, but a select few won the hearts of a worldwide audience, in turn helping them move to a bigger club in the recently-ended transfer window.Here is a list of the top 10 World Cup stars who moved to a bigger club this summer on the basis of their displays in Brazil.
#10 Claudio Bravo
Unlucky to be sent out on penalties in the round of 16 by the tournament’s hosts, 31-year old Claudio Bravo captained Chile at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with a couple of impressive performances that convinced Barcelona to spend £9.7 million on the goalkeeper following the competition.
Despite facing impressive attacking units like Spain and Netherlands, Bravo held his own through the tournament, even keeping a clean sheet against reigning champions Spain and saving a penalty in Chile’s shootout against Brazil.
Bravo, who spent 8 years at Real Sociedad before the World Cup, was snapped up by the Catalan giants soon afterwards for a relatively large fee, especially given the fact that he is likely to be second-choice to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who was also signed by Barcelona during the off-season.