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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jul 13, 2014

Kroos beats Messi in running stakes

German midfielder Toni Kroos contends that Germany must remain calm despite their side's 7-1 thumping of Brazil.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has run 16.4 kilometres less than Germany midfielder Toni Kroos during the 2014 World Cup.

- Marcotti: Messi makes the difference when it matters
- Honigstein: Kroos makes his mark for Germany
- Delaney: The value of the Golden Boot
- Kuper: Maradona's shadow looms large over Messi

The players will come face to face during the final of the tournament on Sunday night, with Kroos, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, covering a total of 68.3 kilometres in 570 minutes.

Messi, meanwhile, has only managed 51.9 kilometres in 573 minutes, around a game and a half less than Kroos.

Both players have been nominated for the Golden Ball award for the best player at the 2014 World Cup.

Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano are also nominated for Argentina. Mats Hummels, Phillip Lahm and Thomas Muller also make the cut for Germany and James Rodriguez of Colombia, Brazil's Neymar and Netherlands' Arjen Robben complete the 10-man shortlist.

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