Argentina vs Germany: Can Lionel Messi Mesmerise As Rio Get Ready for World Cup 2014 Final?

A victory for Argentina would give their captain Messi his first World Cup and elevate the four-time world footballer of the year among the game's greats such as fellow Argentine Diego Maradona and Brazil's Pele.

updated: July 13, 2014 21:59 IST
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Argentina and Germany face each other for the coveted FIFA World Cup 2014 trophy


Rio de Jeneiro: A global fever built up on Sunday ahead of the World Cup final between Lionel Messi's Argentina and a formidable German team seeking a fourth title. (Germany vs Argentina, World Cup final Updates)

As about 100,000 Argentines poured into Rio de Janeiro, a record global television audience is expected for the finale of the 20th tournament and the result will be a landmark whichever country wins. (Shakira to dazzle in closing ceremony)

The game starts in the historic Maracana Stadium at 12.30 pm IST (1900 GMT) in front of 73,500 fans but under an unprecedented international spotlight. (Messi One Step Away from Undisputed Greatness)

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