Howard Mania: Best Of The Web
Goalkeeper goes viral after dazzing display in Brazil.
Despite being on the losing side in Brazil, Tim Howard's performance was the main talking point from the United States' World Cup clash with Belgium.
More than 1.8million mentions of the Everton goalkeeper were recorded on Twitter during the game as he produced save after save to keep the Red Devils at bay.
His goal was finally breached twice in extra time, but that didn't stop the plaudits - and such is the nature of the internet, and Twitter in particular, the bearded Blue found himself going viral.
As well as his name being a global trend on Tuesday evening and for much of Wednesday, the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardWouldSave also proved a popular conversation starter.
And with America and much of the rest of the world gripped by the final Round of 16 tie, everyone from fellow professionals and stars of other sports to Hollywood icons were talking about Everton's number 24.
Here's a look at some of the best of 'Howard Mania'...
Vice President Biden @VP
Proud that our guys, just like our country, never gave up. Tim Howard--most valuable player in the World Cup. #USMNT
Vincent Kompany @VincentKompany
Two words.. TIM HOWARD #Respect #BelUSA
Wyclef Jean @wyclef Heartbreaker for @ussoccer no shame classic game, they fought to the end, again #TimHoward player of the game, congrats #BEL @FIFAWorldCup
Petr Cech @PetrCech
What a great game of football... Well done to #CFC boys ... Tim Howard man of the match!
Justin Timberlake @jtimberlake
HEART BREAKER. Proud of how our guys battled at the end. Tim Howard... WOW. #BeastMode #USMNT
Enrique Iglesias @enrique305
what an amazing performance from Tim Howard #BELvsUSA
Condoleezza Rice @CondoleezzaRice
Our guys left it all out on the field today. Great game #USMNT! Special shout-out to Tim Howard for having a fantastic game!
Tony Bellew @TonyBellew
Gutted for @TimHowardGK , he's shown what all Evertonians already knew! He's a world class keeper! I hope US football continues to grow.
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