In a manner only too befitting of this footballing nation, Germany overcame Argentina in the final of the World Cup with a collective performance that trounced any individual brilliance that the South Americans could muster.
Joachim Low's side certainly have their own stars—from Arsenal's record-breaking signing Mesut Ozil to Bayern Munich's cast of Euro-conquering warriors—yet there was no individual in this side who dared stand out and steal the limelight from his side on Sunday night. Germany had reached the final as a team and eventually went on to win it as a team.
As such, with the benefit of hindsight, we can now dive into this squad of world champions and deduce just which players performed to their best ability.
Here are the World Cup grades of each German player.
Note: We will be grading these players based not only on the amount of times they played for Germany, but the impact they had on their country's overall success at the tournament. Impact subs deserve just as much credit as those who started each game. As such, we will not be including players who never featured for Low's side in this tournament.