World Cup awards 2014: Lionel Messi and a lot of Germans

Martin Rose

We're expecting to see Argentina and Germany dominate the awards after getting to the final. The Netherlands are probably going to get seriously snubbed.

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Final Preview

A number of awards are going to be handed out after the World Cup final, and finalists have already been named for the individual ones. Here's everything you need to know about who might win each award.

Golden Ball

This is the award given to the best player in the tournament. 10 finalists have been named.

Update: Lionel Messi won

Lionel Messi (Argentina) - The clear favorite, by virtue of being outrageously famous and the clear best player on a finalist. Germany doesn't really have one standout player.

Angel Di Maria (Argentina) - Doesn't have a chance. Didn't play in the semifinal and might not start the final.

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) - Should probably be considered more seriously than he will be. He's been key to Argentina's spectacular defensive record.

Mats Hummels (Germany) - Like Di Maria, likely has no chance due to missing a game and having more famous teammates.

Toni Kroos (Germany) - Perhaps the best attacking midfielder in this tournament, if we want to call Messi a forward. He has two goals and four assists. Could potentially steal it with a big performance in the final.

Philipp Lahm (Germany) - A solid dark horse candidate, if you think the voters will go out of their way to prove how smart they are.

Thomas Müller (Germany) - As always, not even one of the 4-5 best players on the pitch for his team, somehow scores goals.

Neymar (Brazil) - Pour one out for Neymar.

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) - Deserves some very serious consideration. His goal and assist numbers aren't eye-popping, but he was clearly the best attacking player on the 3rd place team.

James Rodriguez (Colombia) - His average performance against Brazil and quarterfinal exit probably mean he's not being seriously considered, despite his six goals.

Golden Boot

Given to the top goal-scorer. Assists are the tiebreaker.

Update: James Rodriguez has won

James Rodriguez (Colombia), 6 goals, 2 assists - He has to hope Thomas Müller doesn't score.

Thomas Müller (Germany), 5 goals, 3 assists - The reigning Golden Boot winner and not even a real center forward. He's going to do it again, isn't he? Unbelievable.

Lionel Messi (Argentina). 4 goals, 1 assist - Crazier things have happened than Messi scoring a hat trick in a huge game.

Golden Glove

Update: Manuel Neuer has won

Given to the best goalkeeper in the tournament. The holder is Iker Casillas. lollllll.

Manuel Neuer (Germany) - Will win if he doesn't have a terrible howler or let in four on Sunday.

Sergio Romero (Argentina) - Could sneak it with a shutout win, but probably shouldn't.

Keylor Navas (Costa Rica) - Probably should win, but won't.

Best Young Player

Update: Paul Pogba has won

Apparently, you can't win this award and the Golden Ball, because a lot of really young players are Golden Ball nominees. If they're going to give the Golden Ball to someone who isn't James Rodriguez, he really needs to get this award. Hopefully this gets made right.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) - Only played 173 minutes in this tournament. Pass.

Paul Pogba (France) - Was actually pretty disappointing. He was expected to be a breakout star in this tournament and he was just okay.

Raphael Varane (France) - Hopefully out of Carlo Ancelotti's doghouse at Real Madrid after a great World Cup.

World Cup Best XI

The team of the tournament. Will mostly consist of players listed above.

Varane's a longshot for Best XI, so we'll need a central defender and a left back in addition to players listed above. We're nominating the Netherlands pair of Daley Blind and Ron Vlaar. Here's our prediction (not necessarily our best XI).

GK: Manuel Neuer, LB: Daley Blind, CB: Mats Hummels, CB: Ron Vlaar, RB: Philipp Lahm, MF: Javier Mascherano, MF: Toni Kroos, MF: Angel Di Maria, FW: Neymar, FW: Lionel Messi, FW: Thomas Müller

Yep, Robben's going to get screwed so they can shove Neymar in. Guaranteed.

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