Will the sum of Germany’s parts defeat the occasionally brilliant, but usually attritional Argentina?
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Once every four years, the biggest match in football takes place, and fans all over the globe are set for the treat this evening when Argentina take on Germany in the World Cup final.
The Germans tortured Brazil in the semi-finals 7-1, while Argentina, seemingly solely relying on the brilliance of Lionel Messi, have scraped through the tournament so far – only getting through the last round on penalties.
Here’s the sides we think the two teams will play tonight – and how we rate each member out of ten.
Of course, a football match is never won like this (even more so because of the fantastic team unity and organisation of the Germans), but it’s interesting to rate each side’s individuals nonetheless!
Germany: Manuel Neuer – 9/10
Argentina: Sergio Romero – 7/10
Neuer is probably the best ‘keeper in the world, and his role as a sweeper behind his back four has been invaluable so far. Romero would have likely been rated lower before the start of this tournament, but he’s conceded just three goals, and performed heroics in the penalty shoot-out verses the Dutch in the semis.