Three breathless weeks of World Cup action have reduced a field of 32 teams down to just four nations still in with a chance of lifting football's greatest prize at the Maracana next Sunday, which means that the fun and games are over and it really is time to deliver for some of the game's biggest names.
Costa Rica's heroics and Colombia's emergence nearly gave us a very unfamiliar semi-final line-up, but eventually class prevailed and Argentina, Holland, Brazil and Germany give the final four a very familiar feel.
Despite magnificent moments from the likes of Tim Cahill, James Rodriguez and Joel Campbell the tournament will probably ultimately be remembered for what happens in the next week.
Will Lionel Messi finally make his mark on the international stage? Can Brazil step up and stop Neymar's untimely exit through injury becoming the untimely moment of their summer?
The Selecao need a hero and perhaps in many ways so does the World Cup now Rodriguez is out, so let's assess which one of the Premier League's shining stars still in the competition is most likely to step up and be counted.
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