The 2014 FIFA World Cup has been relentless in it's drama, entertainment and intrigue. The pace of the action out in Brazil has been a wonder to behold and you could forgive some players if they are struggling to keep up.
But for every player lagging in the intense Amazonian heat there are those who just keep going no matter what in an effort to help their team win out.
Whether inspired by intense national pride or an in-built desire to chase down every ball, these players deserve extra credit.
They may usually go overlooked in favor of the goal-scoring heros, or in the USA's case the goalkeeping exploits, but GiveMeSport has decided it's about time they got a mention.
So without further ado, we bring you the five hardest working players at the 2014 World Cup.
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