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Top 5: Best players at the World Cup

Messi has scored four goals so far (©GettyImages)
Messi has scored four goals so far (©GettyImages).

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi hasn't been at his scintillating best throughout the 2014 World Cup but could still win the trophy for his country.

Messi appears to be suffering fatigue during the knockout matches and hasn't been able to showcase his brilliance in recent matches.

However, he showed his quality during Argentina's group stages matches. He scored a typical Messi goal during their opening match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He then broke Iranian hearts with a magnificent curling effort in the final minute of their second match to give Argentina the win. 

He scored a further two goals against Nigeria including a sublime free-kick as he hauled Argentina to nine points out of nine.

He struggled against Switzerland but played a key role in setting up Angel di Maria for an extra-time winner. It was a similar story against Belgium in the quarter-final but, again, was instrumental in Gonzalo Higuain's match winner.

Against Netherlands he could only show glimpses of his best and didn't even touch the ball inside the opponents penalty area but showed calmness to slot away his penalty in the shootout.

Argentina are relying on their captain to turn on they style in Sunday's final and leading his country to a World Cup triumph will surely cement his place as one of the World's greats.

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