2014 has been a magical year for football.
Real Madrid finally lifted the Champions League, Bayern Munich continued their domination of the Bundesliga under Pep Guardiola and Germany became the first European team to win the World Cup on South American soil.
Footballers have elevated themselves to even greater heights, but which players would make the team of the year?
Here are the 11 players that have thrived in 2014 and could achieve even greater things next year.
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