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#WorldCupRank: No. 28 Thomas Mueller

« Previous: No. 29, Mesut Ozil | Next: No. 27, Manuel Neuer »

No. 28 Thomas Mueller, Bayern Munich/Germany

Why he's ranked: Mueller has been a key figure for Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola's watch in his first Bundesliga campaign and expectations around the 24-year-old German are so high this summer. Intelligent in his runs, crisp in his passing and clinical when presented with a chance, Mueller will be a vital cog for Germany at Brazil 2014.

Franz Beckenbauer has urged Bayern Munich to think long and hard before letting Thomas Mueller out of the fold.
Bayern Munich and Mueller cruised to the Bundesliga title. Will the same be true of Germany at the World Cup?

Key stat: Scored the most goals for Germany at the 2010 World Cup (five) and won the tournament's Golden Boot.

What The Experts Say: "He calls himself the 'Raumdeuter,' lord of ubiquity. His instincts tell him where it's best to appear to do damage. In [Joachim] Löw's mind, it is he and 10 more players on the pitch." - Rafa Ramos

"The self-styled 'space interpreter' is impossible to categorise as a player, and just as hard for his opponents to handle, too. Müller is neither particularly athletic nor technical, so the Bayern Munich midfielder/striker/jack-of-all-trades uses his intelligence to find ways to goal." - Raphael Honigstein

Other articles:
- ESPN FC Blogs: Germany
- The countdown: Our Top 50 players of the World Cup

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