Ranking the Spain Players on Their World Cup Performance

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Ranking the Spain Players on Their World Cup Performance
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Spain's glittering era of dominance came to an end at this World Cup in Brazil, as Vicente del Bosque's men became the first defending champions to be bundled out of the competition in just two games. 

Despite arriving with confidence that a fourth successive international title could be captured, La Roja's lingering concerns—namely goalkeeping issues, a lack of athleticism in midfield and a striker headache—were ruthlessly exposed by the Netherlands and Chile in the opening days of action in Group B.

A consolation victory over Australia, therefore, was the only moment of peace for the typically serene Spaniards.

Now, with a new Spanish generation ready to begin, we've ranked each of Spain's players based on their 2014 World Cup performances, given that a number of La Roja's stars won't be around in four years' time.

Of course, distinguishing the various squad members from one another is extremely difficult. In fact, a blanket could be thrown over almost 15 of Del Bosque's players, few giving any performances of note to separate themselves from the pack.

However, with performances needing to be evaluated, we've assigned a ranking order to Spain's squad across the following slides. 

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