A look at the players who have made the most of their time in Brazil so far.1.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United: With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Robin van Persie, the Sweden captain has been the most talked about player on the field during the World Cups.
It is no surprise that he has a huge following in his homeland.
The striker has already scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 12 appearances for the hosts.
Neymar, Barcelona: The Brazilian forward has scored nine goals and added six assists in 11 appearances for Brazil sofar.
The Brazilian has already earned an invitation to Brazil’s World Cup squad but will have to fight to find a place in the squad for the final.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Barca, Argentina: The Argentinian has been named the most influential player of the tournament with nine goals in 12 games so far for his country.
The Argentine has also featured in all four of Brazil’s friendlies so far this season.
Ney Maradona, Barcelona (La Liga): The Barcelona star has scored six goals in his past three appearances for Spain and has become a cult figure in his home country.
He has been involved in all of their friendlies and has already netted twice against France in the first leg of the World Champions Cup final.
Angel Di Maria, Manchester City: The former Manchester United forward has already made his debut for Brazil but has been a key figure for both his country and his team in the tournament so far with three goals and four assists in eight appearances so far in all competitions.
Robin van Gaal, Manchester Utd, Utd: The Dutch manager has guided his side to three consecutive wins and secured their place in Brazil’s final group game on Thursday night.
He is expected to be the first man on the pitch when the tournament starts on June 12.
Cristiano Fernandez, AC Milan, AC Milano: The Argentine striker is the only player to have scored in each of his three international friendlies for Brazil and he will be expected to contribute to their success at the Copa Sudamericana.
Ney Mamba, FC Barcelona, FC Porto: The forward scored in his first international appearance for Brazil against France and will be one of the stars of the game.
He scored in both of his friendlies against Germany and Italy and will surely be in the line-up on Thursday.
Zinedine Zidane, PSG, PSV: The Paris Saint-Germain boss will be hoping to get his side back in Brazil on Thursday with a 2-0 win over the hosts in Paris.
The French international has been instrumental in PSG’s recent form with four goals in the group stages and two goals in seven appearances sofar for his side.
Neyman Fernandes, FC Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich: The Brazil international is expected in the team for the first time on Thursday and will play a crucial role in the win over Argentina.
He started the first-leg tie in Berlin and has scored three goals in five games sofar this season for his club.
Romelu Lukaku, Everton, Everton: The Belgian winger is expected at the heart of Everton’s attack and will definitely be in Brazil.
The Everton star has netted seven goals in all three of his games so close to the tournament and will need to add to his tally in the last game to make it to the knockout stages. 12.
Ney Fàbregas, PSN, Barcelona/Porto: It is a fitting moment to end the World of Soccer with a tribute to one of Brazils most popular players.
Ney will be looking to lead his side on Thursday evening against Argentina and he has already won three international honours in his career.