We have seen some great talent in Brazil, some of the world’s best showing us what they can do as well as the emergence of new young talent. Who was the best of the best? Check out my best XI of the 2014 World Cup.
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
There were some top goalkeepers at this World Cup – Keylor Navas, Rais M’Bolhi, Guillermo Ochoa – but for me, the sweeper keeper Manuel Neuer beat the lot.
Not many keepers could rush out from his six-yard box and get away with it, but Neuer has got the quality and composure to pull it off. His goalkeeping is not bad either with just three conceded, earning him the World Cup golden glove.
Right-back: Philipp Lahm
He started off in the holding midfield role but Philipp Lahm showed whether it’s right-back or midfield, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Personally, I think he fits more in at right-back and reverted to the role against France, Brazil and in the final against Argentina. The German defence looks far more tidy and organized when he’s there.
The World Cup winning captain is deservedly the best right-back in the world right now.
Left-back: Daley Blind
A month ago not many people would have heard of Daley Blind but now he has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world.
Whether a left-back or left wing-back, Blind did not let his manager down putting in some impressive performances. He created two of five goals against Spain and was rewarded for a fine display in Brazil, with his first ever international goal in the playoff win over Brazil.
Ajax will be desperate to keep the 24-year-old but I’m sure plenty of European clubs will be chasing the emerging star.
Centre back: Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels is such a rock in the German defence that when he missed the 2-1 win over Algeria, they were very vulnerable. His absence in that game showed just what an important and influential player he is to his nation.
The Borussia Dortmund man has had a terrific tournament, with perfectly timed tackles and even a threat from set pieces earning two goals at this World Cup. Hummels is a great leader for the German back four.
Centre back: Vincent Kompany
Belgium may not have been the force everyone was expecting them to be, but Vincent Kompany did put in some very good displays from for the Red Devils.
He has been an influential figure at Man City and continued his form into the World Cup, where Belgium conceded just three goals making them one of the best defences of the tournament. Belgium have only made the quarter-finals but I feel Kompany did enough to earn this spot.