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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
May 26, 2014

#WorldCupRank -- The Top 50

Wayne Rooney, Mario Balotelli or Robin van Persie: Who makes your list?
Wayne Rooney, Mario Balotelli or Robin van Persie: Who makes your list?

Until the action begins on June 12, ESPN FC will rank the Top 50 players at the 2014 World Cup, based on an extensive survey of ESPN writers, editors and TV analysts across all regions (ESPN FC, ESPN Argentina, ESPN Brazil, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Mexico).

Welcome to ESPN FC's #WorldCupRank.

World Cup Top 50

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50: David Luiz

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49: Iker Casillas

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48: Samuel Eto'o

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47: Gerard Pique

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46: Daniel Sturridge

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45: Daniele De Rossi

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44: Dani Alves

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43: Didier Drogba

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42: Cesc Fabregas

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41: Gonzalo Higuain

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40: Sergio Busquets

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39: Gianluigi Buffon

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38: Mario Goetze

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37: Steven Gerrard

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36: Thibaut Courtois

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35: Alexis Sanchez

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34: Toni Kroos

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33: Marco Reus

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32: Luka Modric

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31: Vincent Kompany

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30: Paul Pogba

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29: Mesut Ozil

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28: Thomas Mueller

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27: Manuel Neuer

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26: David Silva

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25: Oscar

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24: Karim Benzema

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23: Angel Di Maria

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22: Philipp Lahm

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21: Diego Costa

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20: Mario Balotelli

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19: Radamel Falcao

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18: Edinson Cavani

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17: Arturo Vidal

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16: B. Schweinsteiger


15: Andrea Pirlo


14: Wayne Rooney


13: Robin van Persie


12: Thiago Silva


11: Sergio Aguero


10: Eden Hazard


9: Arjen Robben


8: Xavi


7: Yaya Toure


6: Neymar


5: Franck Ribery


4: Luis Suarez


3: Andres Iniesta


2: Cristiano Ronaldo


1: Lionel Messi

Contributors include:

ESPN FC: Michael Cox, Gabriele Marcotti, Roger Bennett, David Hirshey, Rory Smith, Graham Hunter, Sid Lowe, Raphael Honigstein, Julien Laurens, James Horncastle, Jeff Carlisle, Doug McIntyre, John Brewin, Fernando Duarte, Ian Darke, Richard Jolly, Miguel Delaney

ESPN Argentina: Nicolas Baier, Damian Didonato, Roberto Martinez, Enrique Sacco, Vito de Palma

ESPN Deportes: Rafa Ramos, Jose Antonio Cortes, Carlos Zafra, Arturo Cruz

ESPN Mexico: Eduardo Sanchez, David Esquivel, Vito Garcia, Javier Mosquera

ESPN Brasil: Paulo Vinicius Coelho, Leonardo Bertozzi, Gustavo Hofman, Gian Oddi, Paulo Cobos, Ricardo Zanei

ESPN FC TV: Shaka Hislop, Stuart Robson, Steve Nicol, Craig Burley, Alexi Lalas

#WorldCupRank features:

- Iain Macintosh: Welcome to #WorldCupRank
- Tim Vickery: Quirky Luiz the key for Brazil
- Jeff Carlisle: Why no Americans in #WorldCupRank?
- Doug McIntyre: Five Yanks for 2018
- Colin Udoh: Africa's next golden generation
- Graham Hunter: Sergio Busquets, the man you hate to love
- Rory Smith: Modric's star is burning brighter
- Rafa Ramos: El Tri miss the Top 50
- Gabriele Marcotti: Paul Pogba proves he has what it takes
- Tim Vickery: Oscar is Brazil's true leader
- Raphael Honigstein: Is this Germany's year?
- Nicolas Baier, ESPN Argentina: Di Maria never runs alone
- James Horncastle: Balotelli, Cavani or Falcao?
- Michael Cox: In praise of box-to-box midfielders
- James Tyler: Pirlo gets better with age
- John Brewin: Rooney remains an asset for England
- Simon Kuper: Dutch depend on do-it-all van Persie
- Michael Cox: Where are all the great defenders?
- Sam Kelly: Sergio Aguero, the eternal understudy
- Simon Kuper: Robben the soloist in a land of Total Football
- Eduardo Alvarez: Xavi's last stand for Spain?
- Rory Smith: Is Neymar worth it? Wait and see
- ESPN Argentina: 10 to watch from South America
- Simon Kuper: Controversial Suarez seeks redemption
- James Tyler: Surprising #WorldCupRank omissions
- Gabriele Marcotti: Now the real fun and debate begins...

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