Lionel Messi

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer – Germany - PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT

At times unbeatable in the German goal with a bear-like presence between the sticks while he provided an efficient role as sweeper which Franz Beckenbauer would have been proud of.

Right back: Cristian Gamboa – Costa Rica

Part of a Costa Rica team which finished the tournament unbeaten, and a defence which never conceded from open play. The thrust he provided from right back will not have gone unnoticed.

Centre back: Mats Hummels – Germany

The 25 year old defied fears over his pace to lead the German defence to victory in Brazil. Assured whether it be via a last ditch challenge, or in the opposition box where he scored against France.

Mats Hummels

Centre back: Gary Medel - Chile

With few other options, Chile's all action style in the early stages of the tournament was defined by Medel's tenacity. Proved physical presence isn't required to look comfortable at the back.

Left back: Daley Blind – Netherlands

Provided two assists in the opening win over Spain before netting his first international goal against Brazil in the third place play-off. Contributed great balance on the left and superb versatility.

Midfield: Javier Mascherano – Argentina

Still possesses a cynical and destructive side but was integral to Argentina's solidity while his distribution so often released Lionel Messi. More effective in the middle.

Arjen Robben

Midfield: Toni Kroos – Germany

Perhaps the best all-round midfielder in Europe. Can play from the back with dependence and style as he did against France, or provide the finishing touch like against Brazil. Outstanding talent.

Right wing - Juan Cuadrado – Colombia

The verve of Colombia's group stage success was created by the Fiorentina wideman. Another left-footed operating from the right, and his dazzling touch was a regular highlight.

Attacking midfield: James Rodriguez – Colombia

Not quite the discovery of this World Cup but not far short. Rodriguez was the fulcrum of Colombia's run to the last eight and scored the goal of the tournament against Uruguay in the last 16.

James Rodriguez

Left wing: Arjen Robben – Netherlands

At his destructive and clinical best in Brazil, despite his performances being littered with controversy. Typified the goal-happy Dutch in the early stages as his tricky bamboozled defences.

Forward – Lionel Messi – Argentina

Though short of his very best, his influence was enough to carry Argentina to the final. Scored four goals in the group stage but will likely be remembered for failing against Germany.