(CNN)Everything is falling into place.
And, most importantly, the animals are coming out to play.
Since Paul the Octopus won the hearts of soccer fans around the globe eight years ago, fortune-telling animals have been tasked with predicting World Cup winners. This year's furry favorite is Achilles the deaf cat. Let's see how he fares against past prognosticators.
Paul the Octopus
Overall success rate: 85%
Can an animal be an octopus and a GOAT at the same time? When it comes to animal prognosticators, Paul is truly the greatest of all time. In 2010, the cephalopod made eight correct predictions during the World Cup and nailed the finals with a prophetic victory pick for Spain.
Paul, beloved by the world, was not without his enemies. When he correctly predicted that Germany would boot Argentina, Argentinian chef Nicholas Bederrou posted an octopus recipe on Facebook. Fans of opposing countries made sushi-related death threats.
Following the 2010 World Cup, Paul retired to a quiet aquatic life. At the time, Mark Oakley, spokesman for Germany's Oberhausen Sea Life Center, where Paul lived, told CNN, "He has been a superstar and deserves a quiet retirement. Paul the octopus is arguably the most famous sea creature there has ever been."
A few short months later, Paul passed away in his tank, devastating fans worldwide. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Paul's aquarial family, as every four years the painful wound is reopened.
Nelly the Elephant
Overall success rate: 90%
Despite Paul's celebrity and buoyant personality, a more clairvoyant creature exists. Enter Nelly the Elephant, whose 90% success rate makes her exceedingly ... um ... relephant.
She made predictions about the 2006 Women's World Cup, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008. Her method: kicking soccer balls into nets marked by country flags.
She correctly shot the ball 30 out of 33 times.
Perhaps Nelly's prophetic abilities stemmed from her soccer skills. Former players always make the best commentators.
Overall success rate: We never got to find out
In a half-hearted attempt to claim divination glory, China entered the fortune-telling animal game in 2014. The nation's state media announced it would have a group of panda cubs at its Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre predict winners by climbing trees to choose flags.