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Ranking the Top 15 Scorers of the 2014 World Cup

Ranking the Top 15 Scorers of the 2014 World Cup

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Every four years, the world's elite goal-scorers grace the national stage to display their talents as they represent their countries. This list is a combination of the best pure goal-scorers in the world, as well as the players who play their best in international competition.

Read on to find out the 15 players who have the ability to change the game by scoring jaw-dropping goals.

15. Alexis Sanchez

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15. Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez
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Alexis Sanchez is one of the star players on the Chilean National Team. He scored 21 goals in 54 total appearances with Barcelona this season. He scored four goals in World Cup qualifying this year, and he scored four more goals in all 2010 international competitions. His scoring ability will be vital if Chile wishes to advance into the knockout round.

14. Daniel Sturridge

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14. Daniel Sturridge

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Wayne Rooney is no longer the top striker on England's National Team. It's Daniel Sturridge. He has flourished alongside Luis Suarez at Liverpool, and he has turned himself into one of the most dangerous scoring threats in the world. His dynamic speed allowed him to score 31 total goals for Liverpool this year.

13. Edinson Cavani

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13. Edinson Cavani

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Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are one of the most dangerous goal-scoring tandems in the World Cup this year, and Cavani can really do everything. He is great in free-kick situations, he can strike from distance and he is extremely dangerous in the air.

12. Mario Balotelli

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12. Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli is the most dangerous goal-scorer on the Italian squad. He scored 18 goals for AC Milan this season in 41 appearances, but he is even more dangerous in international competition. He scored three times in the 2012 Euros, and in 2013, he scored seven times for the Italian squad. He has all the talent to light up this year's World Cup.

11. Wesley Sneijder

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11. Wesley Sneijder

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Wesley Sneijder may not be known for his goal-scoring prowess, but he always shows up for his international squad. In 2010, he was one of the leading goal-scorers in the entire tournament, and he has 26 international goals in 97 caps. After floundering in the 2012 Euros, expect the Dutch to come back with a strong performance led by the likes of Sneijder.

10. Sergio Aguero

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10. Sergio Aguero

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Argentina is absolutely loaded on the offensive side of the ball, and Sergio Aguero plays a large role in that. He scored 28 goals in 34 appearances with Manchester City this year, and he has another 21 in international play.

9. Samuel Eto'o

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9. Samuel Eto'o

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Samuel Eto'o had a renaissance season with Chelsea this season in the EPL as he became a premier goal-scorer for the Blues. He has always been one of the world's best strikers as he has scored 55 goals for Cameroon. He will need to be in top form if Cameroon wishes to advance deep into the tournament.

8. Robin Van Persie

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8. Robin Van Persie

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In the past two seasons with Manchester United, Robin Van Persie has scored 48 times. He is the Netherlands' best goal-scorer, and despite any issues he has with his club teams, Van Persie always shows up when he dons the orange. In 83 appearances for the Oranje, he has scored more than half the time with 42 goals.

7. Thomas Muller

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7. Thomas Muller

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The 24-year-old Thomas Muller has certainly made a name for himself as a premier scorer in his past five seasons for Bayern Munich, scoring 98 goals in that time span. As a 20-year-old at the 2010 World Cup, he won the Golden Boot, given to the leading goal-scorer of the tournament, as he scored five goals.

6. Karim Benzema

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6. Karim Benzema

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Karim Benzema is a strong, powerful striker who has the ability to bully his way to the front of the net to poach goals. That's what he does best for Real Madrid, and that's what France will expect him to do in Brazil. Since 2007, he has only failed to score 20 goals in a season once, and he has 19 goals in 65 caps for the French National Team.

5. Falcao

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5. Falcao

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If Colombia wishes to have any sort of success in Brazil, Falcao will have to be extremely well. He has quickly become one of the world's most feared goal-scorers as he possesses world class speed. In three seasons with Atletico Madrid, he scored 52 goals in 68 appearances. An injury puts his World Cup at risk, but regardless, he belongs on this list.

4. Neymar

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4. Neymar

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All of Brazil is hoping that Neymar can make Brazil World Cup champions once again, and he definitely has that ability. At 22 years old, he already has 30 goals for the Brazilian team, and he was almost single-handedly responsible for Brazil's Confederations Cup victory last summer.

3. Luis Suarez

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3. Luis Suarez

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Luis Suarez certainly put that whole biting incident behind him. This year for Liverpool, he led the team in goals with 31. He announced himself onto the international stage at the World Cup four years ago, and this year, he hopes to take it one step further and win the entire thing. He has scored 38 goals in 77 appearances for Uruguay.

2. Lionel Messi

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2. Lionel Messi

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The only reason Lionel Messi is not No. 1 on this list is because he had a down year by his lofty standards. He has 243 goals for Barcelona, but for whatever reason, that success never seems to translate to international competition. Regardless, Messi can drop three or four goals on a team in a blink of an eye.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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How great is it to be Cristiano Ronaldo? He just led Real Madrid to the Champions League title. He is the Ballon d'Or, and is poised to lead his Portugal squad deep into the tournament. He averaged more than a goal a game this year with 51 for Real, but like Messi, his club success hasn't completely translated to the international level. Maybe this is the year that changes.