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World cup 2014 Closing Ceremony. Shakira headlines fairly normal World Cup closing ceremony

After the Pitbull-infused rampage that was the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony, the last thing we expected was a fairly normal and straightforward closing show on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

We were wrong.

Shakira took her rightful place as the songstress of the World Cup, headlining a closing ceremony that was fairly normal in its execution and style. In other words, no vegetables were harmed in the making of this ceremony.

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Shakira performs during the closing ceremony prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. (Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The Colombian singer, beloved for her pitch-perfect 2010 World Cup anthem, was at the centre of a campaign to instill her new song as the official anthem of Brazil, and not the Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Claudia Leitte (for 14 seconds) shout-a-thon.

Worldcup 2014 Closing Ceremony

Shakira took to the centre of the Maracana pitch in Rio to perform his ‘La La La (Brazil 2014)’ song for the crowd before the big match. (credit: dailymail / Getty Images)

Shakira opened the ceremony with that very number, belting out “La La La” with Carlinhos Brown at the centre of the Maracana while dancers shimmied about around her.

Worldcup 2014 Closing Ceremony

The performers took to the same pitch that will be graced by Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller in the final on Sunday. (credit: dailymail / Getty Image)

Other performers included Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Alexandre Pires, and Ivete Sangalo.

Worldcup 2014 Closing Ceremony

Performers take part in the closing cermony prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 13, 2014. (credit: PEDRO UGARTE / AFP PHOTO)

The performance was held before the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina

Source: Brandon Hicks / CBC Sports