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2014 World Cup: Best eight players so far (1)

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There's been a huge buzz about James Rodriguez ever since his virtuoso performance against Uruguay - and rightly so.

The Colombian playmaker lit up the knockout stages with two very different, but equally stunning, goals to put his country into the quarter-finals for the very first time. His brace also ensured he is now the tournament's highest scorer ahead of some pretty illustrious names.

Given his goalscoring form it's no surprise to see him mentioned as a potential candidate for the best player of the tournament. The bookies have certainly picked up on his performances, and he's now in at 3/1 with some to scoop the prize.

Now, there's no doubting that Rodriguez is having a superb tournament so far, but one thing caught our attention; should he be considered the best simply because he has the most goals? There are of course many different aspects to being a good player other than putting the ball in the back of the net; things like assists, passing and dribbling.

We thought we'd do our bit to redress this imbalance. So we've taken eight of the players who are amongst the bookies favourites to be named the tournament's best player - then ranked them based on various different factors. From that we've produced an overall score from which they can be definitively ranked.

So for example: James Rodriguez has scored the most goals so he receives eight points as the leader of the group, while Alexis Sanchez gets just one point having scored the least out of our candidates. The theory is that once all the factors are added together, the player with the most points - and therefore the player who has offered the best all-round performance - should come out on top and should rightfully be named as the best player in Brazil.

We've used stats from WhoScored for this experiment - so a huge thanks goes to them.

Click 'Begin Slideshow' to see who statistically are the best eight players at the World Cup!

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