This coming Friday, 32 teams will kick off their quest for football's ultimate prize.
With this year's talent pool being so deep, it makes one wonder what the world's best starting XI would look like if you had the best football players' services at your fingertips.
Wonder no more my friends.
Ahead you will find the world's starting XI. South Africa's "dream team" if you will.
A couple of notes: Players were kept in their natural/most effective positions, and I did my best to try to represent as many countries as I could so as to avoid a Brazil/Spain hybrid team. Also, all current injuries were taken into account.