Greatest Players of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The Top Ten
1 James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez just turned 23 and he already earned the Golden Boot for the six goals he made for Columbia. David Beckham himself said he was impressed by James and he has the qualities to be one of the best players in the future. Cristiano Ronaldo? Seriously? Portugal didn't even get to the Round of 16 and he only scored one lucky goal.

Guy had the goal of the tournament, against Uruguay I believe. And had the most goals of any player of the tournament at one point (cannot recall if he continued that achievement after Germany vs Brazil... )

Cristiano Ronaldo? Must be kidding me, Ronaldo sucked this World Cup (And I'm Portuguese). He came to the World Cup to give autographs and to give smiles for the cameras, not to play, James is the real deal

Wow! Is all I can say, what a player, and this guy is only 23 and he's quality, he is going to be the best midfielder in the world very soon. He's now at the best team in the world, this guy has a bright future

2 Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

I am so glad Messi is Argentinian. He keeps leaving us such wonderful goals! Thanks to him we passed the group zone, and the match against Switzerland. He collaborated as well later with great passes in general, though his fatigue and effort was evident. He showed he is still the best player of the world with the support of a team reaching the final match. The reason why he didn't do more is because he is human. Thanks for everything Lionel Messi!

Lionel Mess I got that award for a reason! He scored the game winning goal against Iran in stoppage time! And the goal off the post against Bosnia Herzegovina! And the assist against Switzerland! He can dribble through players like they're nothing! He also helped win the shootout against Netherlands! Also he scored a penalty kick from outside the box against Nigeria.

He Played like a God Though I'm not a Messi Fan (Cr7 fan) He Really played better than ever Idc if Maradona thinks he didn't play good Maradona won't be impressed with Messi until he does the hand of god and a 11 man dribble goal against england in the world cup that's Maradona's rule. Though Messi's team lost the final they played overall the best Germany were worthy opponents. I will always Support an South American Team whete I hate them or love them.

I don't know about all that which you've said about Messi. Understandably, he is a very good football player, I don't fault you in saying that, but being the best in the world only goes to champions. I like to side with Bastian Schweinsteiger, or Miroslav Klose, perhaps Phillip Lahm, or finally Toni Kroos. You can obviously tell that I'm a fan of Deutschland (Germany).

3 Thomas Müller

I am not a fan of Germany but I admit he was awesome, he excelled himself. I don't think Christiano Ronaldo should be in this list, sure he may be a great player but he completely sucked I mean he and is team didn't even make it to top 16.

Thomas muller should be 2 or 3 because he is better than Cristano Ronaldo and James rodriguez because he made 3 goals on Portugal and he had won the golden boot. James won the golden boot this year.

Muller is amazing. He had an awesome goal against Brazil. His dribbling skills are fantastic, he deserves this spot on the list. by the way I'm ten.

I love him as a player.. He is the best for me... He played an important role of Germany's victory.

4 Arjen Robben Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Netherlands national team.

Every player is afraid of him. didn't YOU GUYS SEE THE WORLD CUP? In almost every match all the defensors were on him. they were afraid cause once he has the ball, he can make miracles. he has technique, he is fast and he has willpower.

For example, the match with Argentina. Argentina was just defending. wasnt looking for that goal. half of the players where on Robbens side. They knew pretty good that Robben is one of the most dangerous players. Argentina blocked Robben. they went on penalties. they won. Because the key of holland is Arjen Robben. didn't won cup, but Arjen Robben was for me the most outstanding player in this world cup.

If we consider only the 2014 World Cup, he was the best player. He was not only the very heart of the Holland team, but despite his 30 years he showed great stamina, willpower, technique, and craving for victory. A great example for all those 23 players of the Brazilian squad who were humiliated in the semi-finals, and then again in the 3rd place game by Robben himself.

Being Mexican it's hard for me to say this, but damn Arhen Robben was the most balanced Player in the World Cup, Lio Messi? Cristina Ronaldo? Come on people be objective, Angel DiMaria did more for Argentina than Messi, and Cristiano didn't even played, Arjen Robben the Best Player in the World Cup

Hands down the best player overall. Kept Oranje going, was a true leader - better than Van Persie. I really can't understand why Messi was chosen. He might be a better player all around, but not during this tournament.

5 Neymar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team. ...read more.

Neymar is my favorite player. I even have him on my wall paper he is so awesome. he is the soccer player I admire. He inspired me to play soccer. whenever I play soccer people always make fun of me or say I suck or make me go on another team just because I'm white and they think I don't know anything about soccer, but I keep playing and ignore them. that is why I am always defense, I make them surprised and juke them, steal the ball from them and score on them. And Neymar is who got me better.

Absolutely one the best players of the 2014 world cup! He played wayy better some players on here like cristiano Ronaldo, who should be lower because if he was so great he could have at least pulled Portugal to the next round:/

He is the best player.. To be honest he shows immense skill and is very talented... It was only of his unfortunate injury that led to the downfall of Brazil... Get well soon

I was very surprised when I watched Brazil's game against Colombia. I was shocked when I saw him get kneed in the back. That had to hurt.

6 Manuel Neuer Manuel Peter Neuer is a German professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.

The best player and the Golden Glove winner... and beside him was Lionel Messi, many claiming to be football fans but didn't even see the brilliance and genius he has provided in the pitch. Yeah sure Tim Howard and Guillermo Ochoa did their job, ONCE. None were as consistent as him, seeing him in 7th makes me sick...

Neuer should be in the top 5 because he was the best goalie keeper in the 2014 FIFA world cup he got the golden glove award and did a lot of saves he was one of them to make Germany in the finals congrats neuer!

How did Neuer win the golden glove. The German Defense did all the work. The Golden Glove deserved to go to Ochoa.

Not only the best goalkeeper on the planet but the greatest defender too! He can't be beat

7 Robin van Persie Dutch footballer from Rotterdam born on August 6 1983. Currently plays for the Turkish club Fenerbahçe S.K and The Netherlands national football team as the number 11. Robin Van Persie is known for playing for Arsenal and Manchester United, though his most notable goal was his header against Spain ...read more.

Seriously!? #7!? He deserves to be #1! Sure, James was awesome, but van Persie was better! Without him, The Netherlands would have no attack except for Robben, therefore, Arjen would have to do all the offensive work

He could have made his country won the world cup, if he wasn't injured. I love his superman header against Spain.

You are awesome and one of my favorite players in the whole wide world of soccer

Too bad the Netherlands lost, van persie is the best football player ever

8 Tim Howard

Even though the the US offense could not deliver, Tim Howard had the single most impressive game/effort of the world cup. He deserves to be a new American hero.

But Tim Howard is the best. He broke the record for most goals defended in a world cup game. And goalkeeping is half of the game. Don't disrespect him just because he is a goalie. 16 saves!

Great Goalkeeper, but that doesn't matter when you have a team that can't score.

Howard sucks any team that allows 16 shots on goal sucks Belgium deserved that win go eden hazaes

9 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team.

Ronaldo is amazing. He inspired me to play soccer and now I'm the top scorer on my own soccer team I would not
Be playing if Ronaldo did not play soccer. Ronaldo is the finest person to watch play soccer. I was at the Real Madrid
Game vs Manchester United and he was incredible. Ronaldo is to good for soccer.

Umm guys just a reminder about what the list is about.. Greatest Players of the 2014 world cup! The players who played really great at the world cup. Overrall Cristiano IS a great player but he wasn't all that great in the world cup so I don't really see why he should be this high on the list :l

Nobody Can say Ronaldo is not good because he scored the most goals in 2014 season and
If Ronaldo can do that then he is the best player of 2014. Ronaldo is the best at skill, headers, free kicks, and scoring
Goals so I do not think anybody can Ronaldo a bad player.

Ronaldo was injured still managed to inspire his team however couldn't do much because of injury but he took his team to the world cup single handedly so he totally deserves to be in this list.

10 Toni Kroos Toni Kroos is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team.

Best player of this FIFA worldcup 2014. scored 2 goals and 5 assist.

Kross is the responsable of the great game of Germany.

The Contenders
11 Miroslav Klose Miroslav Josef Klose is a German professional footballer who last played as a striker for Serie A club Lazio.

He is 36 yrs old still he plays pretty well.. Scores a goal against Brazil and has 16 overall world cup goals. He is the legend.

Now holds the record for most goals in world cup history. Germany couldn't of won without him.

Holds the record of goals scored in three world cups

He is a legend.. A much better sportsman than Ronaldo

12 Mario Gotze Mario Götze is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team.

He made the last goal in the 2014 FIFA world cup. He had won a award for making the last goal. He the man. He good boy he should be 6 or 5. He has good tricks.

Scores the golden goal in the extra time for Germany to raise the World Cup. Unforgettable!

Scored the tournament-winning goal. Christiano Ronaldo should not even be in the list.

He is the man of Germany cause he made a goal on Argentina after extra time

13 Guillermo Ochoa

Brazil did not deserve to win when Mexico played them. Brazil had the referees on they're side the whole time

Come on! He should at least be in the top ten! He is an incredible goalie!

He did some incredible blocks against Brazil

Rising star. May be the best after Casillas!

14 Philipp Lahm

Versatile, and with a team-first mentality. Epitomizes the reigning champions, and retired a legend.

Led his team to victory

His sliding was good

15 Karim Benzema Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French professional footballer of Algerian descent who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team as a striker.

All hail King Benzema! He scored lots, France would've lost everything without him and Nasri. Lloris sucks.

He sucks. Karim Benzema is the worst France player ever. He thinks he is so much better than Franck Ribery.

He is good and will always be better than james rodriguez. James is a child for him

He is Something Else!

16 Javier Mascherano

Most consistent solid performer the World Cup has seen. Battered and bruised but still have 100% in every tackle.

He gave everything he had until he got empty. He is a hero.

Garay should be here instead, great CB

17 Tim Cahill

He was a lone warrior for his team Australia. If his team was good Cahill would have made the best out of it

Not Australia's best WC, but it could've been worse, right? Without Tim and Maty, they would've been shut out all three games!

I like Tim Cahill because he's on New York Red Bulls.

Total stud. Almost took the Netherlands on his own.

18 Keylor Navas Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa, known as Keylor Navas, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team as a goalkeeper.

The best goalkeeper of the cup. All those saves and wins man of the match 3 times in a row. How did he not get the golden globe award?

He took his team to the quarter finals. No player in this world cup has been more usefull for his team than this guy

The Best goalkeeper of the World Cup, he should've won the golden glove.

Keylor navas was the reason for the Costa Rican success. He should have won the golden glove

19 Thiago Silva Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team.

His Suspension and Neymar's injury makes the Brazil's unforgettable defeat.

20 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester United and the Germany national team.

Deserve a higher place
Was at the heart of everything that Germany did

This flopper doesn't deserve to be on the list at all.

He is the real leader of the Winner o the World Cup!

Did a lot of work for the Germans

21 Luis Suarez Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker.

He is the greatest player in the 2014 FIFA World Cup because he had a skill that not many players have, the skill to bite someone and get banned from a few games! Go Suarez! #SuarezChomps

Bite #1 bite # 2 bite #3 Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini! He is a good player yes, but eden hazard should be here instead of Suarez!

He is a good player but I think he might as well be be the actor for the shark in jaws.

He is not the master at anything he is the master at biting people

22 Angel di Maria

I know it is something that shouldn't be analyzed, but hadn't he got injured, the final would have had a different ending. Well, I should also consider Marco Reus' injury as well, but anyway, on the match against Switzerland he was excellent. He was also good against Belgium, until he had to leave.

Most Underrated player he achieved many for his team..

He is the best
He should be in top ten

Deserves a better spot

23 Mats Hummels Mats Julian Hummels is a German professional footballer who plays as a central defender for FC Bayern Munich and the German national team.

One of the many stars of a brilliant Germany team, scored a crucial goal against France in the quarter finals and was a solid defender!

No, Miroslav Klose is the best!

No, Thomas Muller is!

24 Bryan Ruiz

Only good player on Fulham and CR.

25 Paul Pogba Paul Labile Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team.
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