2014 World Cup: The 5 Most Dangerous Players in the Final

2014 World Cup: 5 Most Dangerous Players in the Final

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Germany come into the finals as favorites, having easily defeated Brazil by the humiliating score of 7-1. On the other hand, Argentina barely managed to get past Holland after a penalty shoot-out. Regardless of how both teams arrive to the Finals, their matchup won't be defined by their past. And with these five amazing players, both teams have reason to believe that they're taking home the World Cup.

5. Andre Schurrle

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5. Andre Schurrle

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Despite coming off the bench, Andre Schurrle has been one of Germany's best players. He's been the World Cup's best substitute player and has scored three goals despite only playing 126 minutes. That's a goal every 42 minutes! He'll certainly be the first player off the bench for Germany and will try and take advantage of the by-then tired Argentine defense.

4. Gonzalo Higuain

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4. Gonzalo Higuain

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With Angel di Maria likely out of the game due to injury, Lio Messi will look for Gonzalo Higuain to be his partner in crime on offense. Higuain has had a subpar World Cup, only scoring one goal, but no one doubts that Higuain is filled with talent. He's a prolific scorer who has the ability to score from every position in any matter.

3. Toni Kroos

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3. Toni Kroos

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While others may get all the glory, it's Toni Kroos who has been Germany's engine. Every German attack passes through his feet, and he makes it a point to always make the right pass. He's the World Cup's top assist-man with four assists, and he also has two goals to his name. Argentina will have to cover Kroos extremely tight, as even the slightest space can give Kroos a chance to score or assist.

2. Thomas Muller

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2. Thomas Muller

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While his attacking partner Miroslav Klose has etched his name into the record books, Thomas Muller is right behind him. The young 24-year-old has scored 10 goals in his two World Cups, showing that he's one of the best finishers in the world. And if that's not enough, he's extremely unselfish with the ball, always looking to bring others into play. He has six assists to his name during World Cups.

1. Lionel Messi

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1. Lionel Messi

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The most dangerous player in this game, and in the whole world, is Lionel Messi. Even if he hasn't had the best of games, he's the type of player who can conjure a magical play from out of nowhere and score the winning goal. His speed, dribbling, finishing, passing and technique make him a player who needs to be covered by at least two defenders constantly. And even then, Messi has no problem getting past them.

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