It will be a quiz question for years to come. Who won the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup? Spain's success owed more to their passing philosophy and Tiki Taka, while beaten finalists Netherlands were more mechanical than mercurial: a robust clockwork Oranje. In fact, the tournament's best individual player represented neither of those two teams. Instead, it went to Uruguay's Diego Forlan.
Forlan was fantastic as the South American side reached the semi-finals in South Africa, but if his choice for the Golden Ball was surprising, it was because no other candidate stood out from the crowd. Lionel Messi made several goals for his team-mates but failed to convert himself and was unable to inspire Diego Maradona's men when it mattered most; Cristiano Ronaldo scored against only North Korea and was isolated as a meek Portugal side succumbed to Spain; Kaka played through pain and operated virtually on one leg for Brazil; and Germany, like la Roja, earned success through team spirit and collective strength.
But that was then and in 2014, the successful sides are likely to combine collective greatness with individual inspiration: Italy will look to Andrea Pirlo, Spain to 2010 hero Andres Iniesta, Uruguay this time to the brilliant Luis Suarez. However, there are four footballers ahead of the crowd in the race for the Golden Ball in Brazil - and here Goal takes a look at their hopes of individual success in 2014 following Friday's Final Draw.