Central midfield: Oscar (BRA)
If not much went right for Brazil this summer, it's not Oscar's fault. Although overshadowed by Neymar (like everything else in Brazil bar Christ the Redeemer), the 22-year-old put a disappointing end to Chelsea's season behind him with several World Cup performances displaying a workrate and diligence not exactly shown by all his comedic compatriots.
It's telling that although usually played in the 3 of Brazil's 4-2-3-1, Oscar's numbers match those of a more all-round midfielder. Only Mascherano attempted more tackles than his 26; on a per-minute basis the two South Americans are virtually indistinguishable. On the ball, he made 262 passes (107 in the attacking third) and created 8 chances, while only Messi, Robben and Alexis Sanchez took part in the most duels – and only the first two won more.