It's being feted as one of the most exciting World Cup tournaments in recent times – shock results, rugby scorelines, and glorious headed goals that seemed to defy gravity (we're looking at you Robin van Persie). But in the age of social media, Brazil's World Cup will be remembered as much for goings on off-the-pitch as what happens on; and this tournament, pundits and commentators have come under particular scrutiny.
First came the mauling of Phil Neville, whose "monotone" commentary led to a Twitter furore and the BBC receiving 445 complaints. The Beeb's Jonathan Pearce didn't fare much better, chasing his tail over goal-line technology during France's game against Honduras. Thierry Henry was widely praised for both his navy cardigan and his ribbing of Robbie Savage live on air. Rio Ferdinand's choice of orange tie was questioned, as was the ITV pundits' habit of chilling on the beach in shorts. And of course, the World Cup final marked the end of Alan Hansen's long career as a pundit.
But, as Hansen packs his flip-flops and squashes over twenty years of authoritative head-shaking into his suitcase, might we suggest the perfect replacement? Rihanna. As in, the pop star Rihanna. As in Good Girl Gone Bad, under your umbrella-ella-ella, Rihanna. It's not unusual for pop stars to show an interest in the beautiful game. I've written before about how St. Vincent's Annie Clark is a skilled player, as is Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno. Lana Del Rey is a big Liverpool fan, and we all know about Michael Jackson's connection to Fulham.
But RiRi has proved herself this tournament to be the most dedicated and authentic of football fans. The singer has been glued to every single game of the World Cup, taking to Twitter to relay her thoughts to her 36 million followers. Her commentary has proved both insightful and witty; and more often than not she's echoed the thoughts and enthusiasm of all of us watching along at home. Here are some of her best tweets of the World Cup.
When she went absolutely wild at Germany's goal in the final
When she was tactically one step ahead of Joachim Löw
Tweeted before Mario Götze came on to score the World Cup winning goal.