Before the tournament, no one even thought of him in such terms.
Now Wayne Rooney is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo as the biggest disappointment of the World Cup.
Since both England and Portugal have now departed, it looks like being a title Rooney may be glad to avoid getting his hands on – unless the fans’ sense of dismay at his performances grows between now and the last survey being conducted. (Or Ronaldo’s spittle is found to possess miracle powers for curing all diseases known to mankind, thereby enhancing his popularity).
Favourite excuses by managers? Match officials, of course, never their own shortcomings. Team to win the trophy? Move over Spain, there are new favourites.
But I won’t spoil any more surprises for those who wish to explore the results for themselves: just go to this link and by all means come back here to say what you think about people’s choices.