Welcome to the Guardian's choice of the world's top 100 footballers for 28 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest players on the planet.
We are now down to our final two teams in a tournament that by common consent has been one of the greatest World Cups in memory.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain the best two players in the world. Photo: Reuters. The 2014 World.
Add more favorite teams from the list below based on your geolocation. The Big Lead Staff. Rebecca Grant Rants: Durant and Westbrook Reunite in New Orleans. The United States side in Brazil had strong German links, from manager Jurgen Klinsmann to Jermaine Jones who even made three appearances for the German national. But by the end he is a genuine superstar. Who do you think was the best of them all? He was harshly penalised for African Orthodox Church
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The trusted voice in sports straight to your inbox.. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and. Sadly his unique talent was absent from the World Cup after the Swede lost a shootout with Ronaldo in a memorable qualifying playoff. Bonus points for great hair, too. Please enter a valid email Search Search. The Colombian forward justified why Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are all reportedly interested in him, showing his explosive speed and deadly finishing by scoring two goals in his three appearances. Thank you for signing up!
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The easy label here is to call Pogba the next Patrick Vieira. The European transfer mill is only now just getting over its case of blue balls caused by the World Cup, meaning its only a matter of time before any standout player from Brazil is linked to every club in England. That trait can occasionally be to his detriment, as it was when playing out wide and second fiddle to Ibrahimovic in Paris last season. One of the few bright spots of a crushingly disappointing Ivory Coast team, the right back swung in two pinpoint crosses in the opening win against Japan. Injuries towards the end of last season and during the World Cup, though, meant he just missed out to Diego Costa.