Jul 13, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Germany
1-0
Argentina
Gotze (113')
Schweinsteiger (29'), Howedes (34')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Mascherano (64'), Aguero (65')

Glenn Hoddle: 'Lionel Messi will deliver World Cup for Argentina'

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 20
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Glenn Hoddle believes that it is "written in the stars" for Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to World Cup glory.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has claimed that it is "written in the stars" for Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to World Cup glory.

Argentina head into Sunday's final at the Maracana as slight underdogs after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the last four, but Hoddle is confident that Messi will prove his quality on the biggest stage.

"The logic says Germany. There should be, by rights, only winner - Germany. They are the better team, but the fantasy lies at the feet of Lionel Messi," Hoddle wrote in a column for William Hill. "It is written in the stars that he will win the World Cup for Argentina.

"Germany are actually by far the better team than Argentina, superior in every department, but sometimes football defies logic and this is the time.

"Messi is a man on a mission to deliver the World Cup."

Argentina are looking for their third title following their triumphs in 1978 and 1986.

Who will win the 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana?

Argentina
Germany
Argentina
41.4%
Germany
58.6%
Netherlands' defender Bruno Martins Indi watches as Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi controls the ball past Netherlands' defender Daley Blind during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena
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