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Power Ranking the Top 15 Players of the 2014 World Cup

Power Ranking the Top 15 Players of the 2014 World Cup

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The World Cup is a celebration of the best soccer players from around the world, and this year, 32 countries, accompanied with their greatest players, will showcase their abilities for the world to see. As always, there are veteran players who continue to play at the highest level, but there are also younger stars looking to make a name for himself on the world's biggest stage.

Read on to find out the top 15 players of this summer's World Cup.

15. Marco Reus

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15. Marco Reus

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Marco Reus will be playing in his first World Cup for the German team. Reus has turned himself into one of the world's best young players after the past couple years with Borussia Dortmund, leading them to back-to-back Bundesliga titles. In qualifying, he scored five goals in six games, so he has proven himself to be effective in international competition.

14. Philipp Lahm

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14. Philipp Lahm

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Philipp Lahm is one of the German side's most experienced players. At 31 years old, Lahm has played in two previous World Cups and three Euros. He is the stabilizer on the back line, and although he isn't the biggest defender in the world, he possesses the speed and the smarts to shut down any opponent.

13. Arjen Robben

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13. Arjen Robben

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Arjen Robben will have to play well if the Netherlands have any aspirations of advancing past the group stage. He has 19 goals for the Netherlands, and he will be looking to avenge his performance in the previous World Cup when he missed two golden scoring opportunities, plus the penalty kick in the shootout to cost the Dutchmen in the championship game.

12. Diego Costa

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12. Diego Costa

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Diego Costa may be a shocker on this list, but he will be making his first appearance in the World Cup for the Spanish squad. Costa scored 27 goals this year for Atletico Madrid and he has been the main catalyst for a team that finds itself in the Champions League Final. Costa is a deadly striker and he has the innate ability to score.

11. Edinson Cavani

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11. Edinson Cavani

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The 27-year-old Uruguayan has proven himself to be one of the more elite goal-scorers in the world with his play at Napoli and PSG. In the last four seasons, he has scored 94 goals, and he is part of the two-headed Uruguay attack that makes them a legitimate threat to take home the trophy. He has 20 goals in 60 international appearances.

10. Mesut Ozil

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10. Mesut Ozil

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Mesut Ozil is one of the world's greatest attacking midfielders and he possesses the finesse and agility required to be an effective player. He led the German squad with eight goals in qualifying. In his first year playing with Arsenal, he helped turn around the club and become a threat at the top of the Premier League table.

9. Sergio Aguero

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9. Sergio Aguero

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Sergio Aguero leads an already stacked offensive juggernaut in Argentina into Brazil. In his past three seasons with Manchester City, he has netted 52 goals and he has 21 goals in 47 appearances for his national team.

8. Andrea Pirlo

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8. Andrea Pirlo

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Andrea Pirlo leads a seasoned Italian team into Brazil this summer after leading Juventus to another Serie A championship. While he's not a high-volume scorer like other players on this list, he controls the midfield as good as anyone. He also possesses a skill that no one other than Cristiano Ronaldo can match; his set pieces are absolutely devastating to opposing goalies.

7. Manuel Neuer

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7. Manuel Neuer

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Manuel Neuer is probably the best goalie in the world and he was a key cog in Bayern Munich's 2013 championship team. When Germany walks out onto the pitch, they usually have the advantage in knowing that their goalie will bail them out if they ever make a mistake.

6. Franck Ribery

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6. Franck Ribery

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Franck Ribery will be relied on heavily to lead France back to promised land. He needs to be a goal-scorer and the playmaker he has the capability of being. He has 63 goals in 178 appearances with Bayern Munich, and he needs to be in top form for France to succeed.

5. Andres Iniesta

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5. Andres Iniesta

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Andres Iniesta is still the best possession midfielder in the world, and it's not close. He is the key for Spain's possession dominance and he is arguably the most important player on the team. Iniesta scored the game-winning goal against the Netherlands in 2010 to lead Spain to the championship.

4. Luis Suarez

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4. Luis Suarez

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Luis Suarez has turned into one of the best players in the world and he burst onto the World Cup scene four years ago when he scored three goals, but he is probably best known for his intentional handball to prevent a Ghana goal. But since then, Suarez has been a goal scoring machine, racking up 77 total goals for Liverpool in the past two seasons. He led the Uruguayan team with 11 goals in qualifying.

3. Neymar

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3. Neymar

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Of any player in the World Cup, Neymar probably has the most pressure on him. The 22-year-old looks to lead Brazil to the title for the first time since 2012. And if that's not bad enough, he has to do it in front of millions of Brazil's fans. But Neymar has the ability to get them there as he electrified Brazilian fans around the world when he led Brazil to a Confederations Cup championship and scored in every game he played in.

2. Lionel Messi

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2. Lionel Messi

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The only reason that Lionel Messi is No. 2 on this list is because he had a less-than-stellar year with only 28 goals this season for Barcelona. He was a step below his normal self, but he is still one of the most talented players ever. If he could ever translate his club success to the national level, then Argentina will be team to watch this summer.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo was the best player in the world this year. He scored 50 total goals this year and he has led Real Madrid to Champions League Final. He won the 2013 Ballon d'Or, and he has the ability to change a game in a matter of moments. He's No. 1 on this list because he alone makes Portugal a dark horse to win the entire thing. No other player can say that in this year's tournament.