Stats don’t lie: Toni Kroos was the best player in Brazil, but Lionel Messi wasn’t even in the top ten


Simply the best: Kroos talks to ref Nicola Rizzoli during the final (Picture: Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Germany’s star midfielder Toni Kroos was statistically the best player in the tournament, according to the Castrol Index, the FIFA approved ranking of World Cup players.

The Bayern Munich play-maker, expected to complete a move to Real Madrid this summer, achieved a stunning score of 9.79 out of 10 for his performances in Brazil.

The criteria for the score includes passes, tackles, ground covered and, of course, goals. The results make for interesting reading.

Here are the top ten, with perhaps the most notable omissions being golden ball winner Lionel Messi, Germany’s captain Philipp Lahm and golden boot winner James Rodriguez.

  1. Toni Kroos (9.79) – the Germany pass master excelled, scoring twice in the 7-1 semi-final victory over Brazil and displaying his creative brilliance throughout the tournament.

    Kroos control: the German midfielder was excellent (Picture: Martin…

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