Santo Andre, Brazil: The defender branded Germany's 'weakest link' says he is ready for the toughest job in football: keeping Lionel Messi quiet in Sunday's World Cup final. (Argentina vs Germany: A 'battle' of two popes?)
Benedikt Hoewedes has forced his way into Joachim Loew's starting line-up after Germany arrived at Brazil 2014 without an established left-back. (Five warnings for rampaging Germany)
Now he will run out at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium to face Messi and Argentina for the world title.