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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Jun 2, 2014

#WorldCupRank: No. 22 Philipp Lahm

Germany captain Philipp Lahm is not only considered one of the best fullbacks in the world, but one of the best of his generation.

« Previous: No. 23 Angel Di Maria | Next: No. 21 Diego Costa »

No. 22 Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich/Germany

Why he's ranked: It says much about Lahm's supreme talents that he has excelled at Bayern Munich this season in both a holding midfield role and his more familiar full-back berth. Now 30, this relentlessly consistent performer will be playing in his third World Cup this summer, and if he leaves Brazil as a winner, his legacy in the game will be secured.

With more than 100 caps for the German national team, Lahm brings experience and leadership with him to Brazil.

Key stat: Lahm, one of the best passers in the game, completed the most passes of any player in Bundesliga this season (2,111) and the most by any player over the past three seasons (6,424). He also has the second most passes by any player in the past two World Cup tournaments (757).

What the experts say: "Lahm showed his intelligence in the ease with which he adapted to playing as a full-back on either flank or in the midfield. He has the role of leading a German team with great quality but needs to add the relevant international titles." - Paulo Cobos, ESPN Brasil

"He's one of the world's best left-backs. And right-backs. And central midfielders too. Lahm's capacity to adapt to new positions is matched only by his freakish consistency. 'He can't play badly,' his youth coach, Hermann Gerland, once said." - Raphael Honigstein

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

« Previous: No. 23, Angel Di Maria | Next: No. 21, Diego Costa »

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