Seven of the ten players up for consideration represent Argentina and Germany; the two teams vying for the right to be called the finest futbol nation on the globe. Messi; along with teammates Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano play for Argentina while Germany boasts four players from their talented roster: Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller. The tournament’s top scorer; Columbia’s James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, complete the nominations. The winner is to be selected by the FIFA technical group and will be announced after the final match, Sunday at 3 PM est.
Manuel Neuer of Germany and Sergio Romero of Argentina are joined by Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas as the three-man finalists for goalkeeper of the year, and Memphis Depay of the Netherlands, and France pair Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane round out the list of candidates for best young player.