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2014 World Cup: Top 5 Fantasy Soccer Forwards For Knockout Stage

Top 5 Fantasy Forwards For Knockout Stage

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The 2014 World Cup has almost wrapped up Group Play, and as we approach the Knockout Stage, many fantasy fans will be looking for a fresh set of rankings. To help you pick your squad this week, here are the top-five fantasy soccer forwards for the Knockout Stage of the 2014 World Cup.

5. Arjen Robben, Netherlands

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5. Arjen Robben, Netherlands

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Robben has scored 56 goals in 80 career games with Bayern Munich. The veteran is a natural creator and can outrun anyone on the pitch. The Netherlands look like the team to beat right now and you can bet that Robben will be a major offensive contributor for the Dutch throughout the Knockout Stage.

4. Karim Benzema, France

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4. Karim Benzema, France

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Benzema has been the primary offensive weapon for the French in the World Cup. He has scored three times through the first two games of Group Play and the striker is the major reason the French have already moved on. Benzema will easily add another couple more tallies during the Knockout Stage as well.

3. Robin Van Persie, Netherlands

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3. Robin Van Persie, Netherlands

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Van Persie scored two beautiful goals in the team’s World Cup opener. Van Persie has suffered several long slumps throughout his career, but the Flying Dutchman looks ready to finally put this team on his back.

2. Lionel Messi, Argentina

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2. Lionel Messi, Argentina

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Messi scored in injury time to the team’s second game to ensure their spot in the next round. Messi hasn’t disappointed so far and he will likely to continue his hot streak in the Knockout Stage. Look for Messi to add a couple more goals before it is all said and done.

1. Neymar, Brazil

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1. Neymar, Brazil

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Neymar scored two goals in the opening fixture against Croatia and again in the finale versus Cameroon. He has put on a clinic in front of the world and he will continue to carry the team in the Knockout Stage. Neymar will be a scoring machine in the Knockout Stage this year.