Latino Players to Face Off In World Cup Final

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A combination of file photos shows Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi (L) in Rio De Janeiro on June 15, 2014 and Germany's forward Miroslav Klose in Fortaleza on June 21, 2014 . Germany will face Argentina in the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA / JAVIER SORIANOJUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty ImagesJUAN MABROMATA / AFP - Getty Images

Lionel Messi is among nominees for the World Cup's best player award and will play for Argentina in the final.

Seven of the candidates announced by FIFA on Friday play for finalists Argentina and Germany. Messi is nominated along with Argentina teammates Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano. Germany provides four candidates: Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller.

Neymar is the only candidate from Brazil among the players selected by FIFA's technical study group of coaching analysts. Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and James Rodriquez of Colombia, the tournament's top scorer with six goals, complete the list.

The winner is selected by the FIFA technical group and announced after the final.

Both goalkeepers in the final are on a three-man shortlist to be named best of the tournament.

Manuel Neuer of Germany and Sergio Romero of Argentina are joined by Costa Rica's Keylor Navas.

— The Associated Press

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