So the two final teams of this year's enthralling World Cup have finally been decided, as Germany are to take on Argentina in the Maracana on Sunday night.
All eyes will be firmly focused on both team’s most vital players and potential match winners, Thomas Muller and Lionel Messi, as GiveMeSport weighs up the head-to-head battle.
The German forward has taken on the role as striker remarkably well by scoring five times, including an impressive hat trick in the opening game against Portugal. This now means that Müller has scored 10 World Cup goals in total, despite his young age.
The 24-year-old’s deadly finishing has made him an integral part of Joachim Low’s team, as the German boss finally looks to complete his long awaited mission of winning the country’s fourth World Cup crown.
However, the Bayern Munich player’s crucial contribution has not just come with his goal tally. His aerial presence, ability to hold the ball up and link the play have all seen him be the main figure in Germany’s fluent and ruthless attacking force.
Muller has transformed himself from being a right sided midfielder to one of the World’s most clinical goal scorers. Germany will rely on his confidence in front of goal come Sunday night.
The man that everybody was talking about before the tournament even began has proven his critics wrong and delivered for his country, turning any doubt into sheer admiration.
Messi, who is arguably the best player in the world, was not much of a fan favourite as had not produced the brilliant displays in an Argentina shirt, like he has shown for his club Barcelona.
The 27-year-old Argentine forward has almost carried his country single handedly all the way to the final, scoring four goals in the process - with a couple being contenders for goal of the tournament.
His undoubted ability to create a chance from nothing and score the winning goal at any time, may just be the key to beating this resilient German team. There is no doubt that Argentina will need their captain to help unlock their oppositions solid defence.
If Argentina now go on to win their first World Cup in 24 years, Messi will finally emulate the success of legend Maradona, and possible become the ‘greatest player of all time’.