The World Cup is officially over. The Newsroom picks the best 11 players based on their performances.
Let the debate begin…
GK: Keylor Navas – Outstanding performances for Costa Rica in games against international giants like England, Uruguay, Italy and Netherlands. Finished equal second for the Golden Glove.
RB:Pablo Zabaleta – Was a consistent solid figure in a fragile Argentine defence.
CB: Mats Hummels – The best defender in the entire tournament, was unlucky to miss out on Player of the Tournament (Golden Ball).
CB: Giancarlo Gonzalez – The rock for Costa Rica. Consistently solid and really broke out as an individual.
LB: Philipp Lahm – Quality leader and inspiration for the Germans, in terms of football he was quality on the left for Germany in the latter stages.
CM: Javier Mascherano – An alternate form of solidarity for the frail Argentina back-line sitting just in-front and providing a transition from defence to attack.
CM: Bastian Schweinsteiger – Braved the desire to push forward in a Germany assault to provide cover. Absolutely brilliant with pass distribution and breaking up opposition possession.
RW: Angel di Maria – Provided all the creative spark for the Argentines and bagged a goal against Switzerland.
CAM: James Rodriguez – Golden Boot winner and surprise packet of the tournament, helped carry Colombia into the latter stages of the cup and scored arguably the goal of the tournament.
LW: Arjen Robben – Player of the cup for the Netherlands, his pace and experience proved pivotal for their campaign and tore apart defences.
ST: Thomas Muller – Second for the Golden Boot, and one of the stars from a cohesive German outfit, also unlucky to miss out on Player of the Tournament (Golden Ball).
GK: Manuel Neuer
DEF: Ron Vlaar
DEF: Daley Blind
MID: Paul Pogba
MID: Toni Kroos
ATT: Lionel Messi
ATT: Karim Benzema
Manager: Joachim Low
– Chris Mathews-Darby, Jake O’Brien and Patrick Boddan
Top photo from Digo_Souza’s Flickr photostream.