The top five players for the 2014 World Cup as selected by The Premier League Insider:

1. Lionel Messi of Argentina for bringing his country to the finals.

2. Tim Howard of the USA for his goal keeping techniques which saved his country from a humiliating defeat from Belgium.

3. Neymar of Brazil for saving his country's debut match against Croatia after fellow teammate Marcelo scored an own goal.

4. Miroslav Klose of Germany for 16 World Cup Goals during this event.

5. Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica for showing the world that any country CAN defy expectations and advance in the World Cup.