1. Tim Cahill for Australia against the Netherlands
2. James Rodríguez for Colombia against Uruguay
3. Robin van Persie for the Netherlands against Spain
See the other 168 over at Deadspin
I saw probably 135 of these goals live, give or take a few, and I wholeheartedly agree with Deadspin’s rankings of top three being Tim Cahill, James Rodriguez, and Robin Van Persie. RVP was the best goal of the tournament until Tim Cahill smashed his goal in against the Netherlands. No matter how good James Rodriguez’s goal was, it could not unseat Tim Cahill’s. The only reason some may have thought it should have was just because it was fresher in their minds. Also, while watching all of these goals I remember how much it is going to suck waiting four years for this to happen again.