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Thomas Muller, 28, Germany

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Thomas Muller will be representing Germany in the World Cup for the third time in his career, and he is only 28. Muller already sits eighth on the all-time World Cup goalscoring list, the highest among any active player, and only six behind his former teammate Miroslav Klose, who set the record in 2014.
The lanky Muller is not your prototypical goalscorer, but he's the type of player that seems to always be at the right place at the right time. In fact, he can basically play a variety of positions up front, depending on the formation. He only scored 15 goals in 45 appearances last season for Bayern Munich. It just seems like he's a different type of player anytime he suits up for Germany. Since winning the World Cup in 2014, Muller has scored 12 times in 28 international appearances.
It's scary to think that this German team might be even stronger than the 2014 squad that captured its fourth World Cup title, but Muller seems to be a believer. Here's what he said a week before the start of the tournament: "Individually, without a doubt [we are better]."

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