Germany vs Argentina player ratings World Cup 2014 final: Was Messi the best loser on the pitch?
A look at the individual performances from the World Cup final
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Sunday 13 July 2014
Germany have won the World Cup after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final at the Marcana.
Read more: Match report - Germany 1 Argentina 0 (aet)
The match was billed as Lionel Messi against the Germany machine. The machine won but they needed their own little master Mario Gotze to score the only goal of the game, which came in extra-time.
Despite the lack of goals it was an entertaining final. Germany were arguably the better team but Argentina perhaps had the better chances.
But who were the stand-out performers in Rio de Janeiro? Did Messi do himself justice in the biggest game of his life? Who was the best midfielder among Germany's talent array of players?
Video: Germany win fourth World Cup
Read more: Germany 1 Argentina 0 as it happened
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Who do you think was the man of the match? Let us know in the comments below.
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