The Monaco attacking midfielder scored six goals in Brazil, one more than Germany's Thomas Muller, who won the trophy in South Africa four years ago.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Mario Gotze's goal in the second half of extra time was enough to separate the two teams and give Joachim Low's men the world crown.
The Napoli boss believes Argentina boasts the tournament's most "explosive" forward line but says Germany has been the stronger side in Brazil.
After a worldwide vote on Twitter, the iconic religious statue was lit up in black, yellow and red on the eve of the World Cup final at the Maracana.
The striker believes that his side has the character and attributes to make amends for its 2002 World Cup final defeat when it plays Argentina on Sunday.
The U.S. coach is confident that his countrymen can overcome Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final and end a 24-year wait to lift the trophy.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Albiceleste coach claimed his side will have to be at its very best to win Sunday's World Cup final and refused to reveal whether it will be his last game in charge.
The Napoli forward insists that Alejandro Sabella's men are just as worthy of being in the biggest game in football as Brazil's conqueror.
The Barcelona ace is hoping that after successive quarterfinal eliminations at the hands of the Mannschaft, fate will finally smile on the Albiceleste
The two teams face each other in a World Cup final for the third time at the Maracana on Sunday, with the Barcelona star on the brink of joining the pantheon of all-time greats.
The 23-year-old, who scored eight goals in two years in Germany, has joined the Eredivisie outfit for a reported 5.5 million euros.
The German machine will need to function at a high level to slow down the Argentina star in Sunday's World Cup final.
The Germany striker is wary his World Cup final opponent will be looking to make amends for being knocked out by his side in 2006 and 2010.
Friday, July 11, 2014
The Germany legend did not attempt to hide his frustration as the midfielder appears to be drawing closer to a move to the Spanish capital.
The Italian, who was criticized by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots for favoring Argentina earlier in the competition, will take charge of the Albiceleste's clash with Germany.
The Costa Rica international has seemingly earned himself a move to the Bundesliga club with his superb performances in the past 12 months.
The holding midfielder played a key role in his side's progress, but he has acknowledged that things could have gone differently.
The Manchester City player feels the Europeans are the clear favorites, but has stressed Argentina will give its all to emerge victorious.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Germany striker paid tribute to the legendary Brazilian after scoring in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal to eclipse his record and become the tournament's all-time top scorer.
The reigning Liga champions have officially announced their capture of the Croatia international from Bayern Munich, with the 28-year-old excited to work with Diego Simeone