LIONEL MESSI (ARGENTINA)
Becoming the highest goalscorer in Barcelona's history is no mean feat - a statistic made particularly remarkable by the fact the forward does not even turn 27 until the day before Argentina's final Group F match against Nigeria.
Thistournament looks his best chance to add major international honours to his glittering club CV.
EDEN HAZARD (BELGIUM)
The Chelsea man has been striking fear into the hearts of Premier League defences since the Blues captured him from
Lille in June 2012.
During his stay in London, the 23-year-old has already won the Europa League and was named as the PFA's Young Player of the Year in April. Hazard has now become the focal point of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea attack
following the departure of Juan Mata to Manchester United.
This has been an important 12 months for the man seen as Brazil's big hope, with the attacker proving himself on the international stage at the Confederations Cup and then enjoying an impressive first season in European football with Barcelona.
ANDRES INIESTA (SPAIN)
Neymar's club team-mate is arguably the main man for Spain, who are aiming to become the first side since Brazil in 1962 to win back-to-back World Cups.
Blessed with superb technique which always seems to afford him a few extra seconds on the ball than lesser talents, he will, as ever, be at the heart ofSpain's slick passing style.
THOMAS MUELLER (GERMANY)
He is not a guaranteed starter for Bayern Munich, but that is only down to the strength Pep Guardiola's side possess.
Mueller is key to Joachim Loew's national team, who arguably look best placed of the European sides to challenge for the title.
Mueller was one of the stars of the 2010 Finals, winningthe Golden Boot in South Africa.