4. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
If Belgium are rated as one of the dark horses of the 2014 World Cup, one of the biggest reasons for it is their young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The 22 year old 6 ft 6 inch Chelsea goalkeeper on loan to Atletico Madrid has impressed one and all in the last 3 years. In the 2013–14 season, Courtois was able to stop Messi for six consecutive times and played a huge part in Atletico’s success in La Liga and the Champions League. Belgium are serious contenders to win the World Cup and Courtois can be expected to shine in Brazil.