Hit or miss: Players who earned moves at a World Cup

18th Jun 2018

Purchasing a player on the back of a successful World Cup sounds like a great idea. But it doesn't always turn out to be the smoothest of moves.

After all, turning up on the world stage for a handful of games doesn't necessarily mean that you can cut the mustard week in, week out.

Players know that they're in the shop window when the World Cup rolls into town and agents are often on hand to make the most of their form, however brief it may have been.

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But, with that said, plenty of players prove to be more than mere flashes in the pan and end up being shrewd pieces of business.

So, with the World Cup transfer market decidedly difficult to judge, we've assessed a group of players who earned a big move on the back of their performances on the grandest stage of all.

Stephane Guivarc'h (France): Auxerre to Newcastle

France lifted the trophy for the first time in their history in 1998 but Guivarc'h failed to score en route to the trophy.

However, the striker still did enough to impress Newcastle boss Kenny Dalglish, who shelled out a reported £3.5 million for his services.

The Frenchman played just four games for the Toon before being shipped off to Rangers by Ruud Gullit, who didn't fancy him after taking over at St. James' Park.

Verdict - MISS

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Oleg Salenko (Russia): Logroñés to Valencia

The Russian hit five goals in the group stages of USA 1994 and finished the tournament as top scorer alongside Bulgaria's Hristo Stoichkov.

Valencia won the race for Salenko's signature, but he struggled for form and fitness in Spain.

That didn't put off Rangers, who bought the forward in 1995 only to end up similarly disappointed with their investment.

Verdict - MISS

Marcos Rojo (Argentina): Sporting CP to Manchester United

Rojo is currently a household name, having represented the Red Devils for four years, but that was not the case when he pitched up at the 2014 World Cup.

The defender emerged as a key member of an Argentina side that went all the way to the final, only to be beaten by a Mario Gotze winner in extra time.

Sporting lost a key figure, but could take solace that they re-signed Nani as part of the deal. Every cloud and all that.

Verdict - HIT

Gary Medel (Chile): Cardiff to Inter Milan

Premier League new boys Cardiff broke their transfer record to sign Medel from Sevilla in 2013.

But the hard-hitting defensive midfielder come centre back could not prevent the Welsh club from dropping straight back into the Championship.

As a result, he was firmly in the market for a move as he headed out to Brazil with Chile. The chance did not pass Medel by and he promptly secured a lucrative move to Inter Milan. Nicely done.

Verdict - HIT

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana): Rennes to Sunderland

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana): Rennes to Sunderland
Gyan took the tournament by storm in 2010, leading Ghana all the way to the quarter-finals before being thwarted by Luis Suarez's handball.

Plenty of clubs were after the striker's services but he chose to head to the North East with Sunderland.

The forward's attitude was soon called into question and, despite giving Steve Bruce assurances that he was staying put, swanned off to United Arab Emirates side Al Ain in 2011.

Brucie was fuming.

Verdict - MISS

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James Rodriguez (Colombia): Monaco to Real Madrid

Most fans thought Radamel Falcao's untimely injury had put paid to Colombia's hopes of a decent run in Brazil.

But no one had accounted for the presence of Rodriguez, who had joined Monaco for big money in the summer of 2013.

His stay in Ligue 1 proved to be shortlived as Madrid decided they could not do without the midfielder.

Roughly £70 million later and he was off to the Bernabeu.

Verdict - HIT

Jefferson Montero (Ecuador): Morelia to Swansea

The fleet-footed winger caught everybody's eye in Brazil, despite the fact Ecuador suffered a group stage exit.

Swansea snapped Montero up from Mexican club Monarcas Morelia and he is commonly remembered for shattering the confidence of Calum Chambers.

But, ultimately, inconsistency saw Montero struggled to live up to his billing and he is currently back in his homeland with Emelec.

Verdict - MISS

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Yacine Brahimi (Algeria): Granada to Porto

Clubs had no qualms about parting with substantial sums of money for the players who had set the 2014 World Cup alight.

Brahimi proved himself to be a take-on master as Algeria reached the last 16 for the first time and, despite already playing in LaLiga, had his head turned by Porto.

The Portuguese giants often prove to be a stepping stone to bigger things but Brahimi has found a home at the Estádio do Dragão.

Verdict - HIT

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