Ranking all 92 semifinal players
Lionel Messi tops list of every player in 2014 World Cup final four
Only four teams remain in the World Cup, all of them known for having a wealth of individual talent on a consistent basis.
While the outcomes of the semifinals and final will deal more with matchups and tactical adjustments, this ranking of every player on the remaining World Cup teams is based on individual talent from both a club and country perspective and hints at how certain players' talents are either emboldened or marginalized by having to acclimate to a different set of teammates for such a short window of time.
Here is a ranking of the 92 players on the semifinal World Cup teams:
1. Lionel Messi (Team: Argentina, Age: 27, Position: midfield) -- Messi is a significant threat to do damage in a number of ways, and any time he is running at defenders, there is a high probability that it will result in a scoring chance. The midfielder ranked second in La Liga with 28 goals in 2013-14 and leads the World Cup in take-ons (defined as a play in which the player controlling the ball tries to beat a defender) and chances created.
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