Country: Argentina Club Team: Barcelona
Position: Forward Age: 22
Don’t mess with this Argentine who made a sensational debut in the last edition. A then teenager who showed lots of promise showed what was he capable of. Scoring 17 goals for Barcelona as its forward, Messi is not the one to be messed with. A brilliant handler of the ball with magnificent control Messi has given confidence to Maradona and he went on to say he will run naked if Argentina wins. And there is no doubt that Messi can make him run naked as well!!! Messy is a genius with a low centre of gravity and speed which is enough to break any fortress of enemy. He though struggles when used as an striker but prefers playing out wide and cutting in on his left foot.
Country: Portugal Club Team: Real Madrid
Position: Midfielder Age: 25
Why the media is going gaga over this young man? Advertisers are running after him and he is the one who can take Portugal to heights. Ronaldo is a great player and his name comes at the top with messy, Kaka, Xavi, Drogba et al. Ronaldowas on a high in the last six years after he joined Man U with jersey no. 7, during which he scored 118 goals and won three Premier League titles, one Champions League and one Club World Cup, swiping 42 individual prizes, including the 2008 FIFA World Footballer of the Year, along the way. He was a kid then and he is the man now! Watch out for the phenomenal player at South Afric
Country: England Club Team: Manchester United
Position: Forward Age: 24
“The baby-faced assassin and the assassin-faced baby” has grown enough to lead the English football with his great ability to come back and score by going forward when required. A great athlete who reinvented his position running around everywhere attacking half of the field single and then drop back into the midfield when needed or to just tap a goal in the net.With Ronaldo in Spain now, Rooney has carried the goal scoring for the Man U by scoring 23 goals in the just concluded season. He is a complete packaage for a striker and can play from any of the three front position. A great muscular build and speed and stamina makes him a bull in the green field which is hard to stop.
A great young man who didn’t want to leave Milan even when a heap of money was offered by Manchester City, eventually was sold to Real Madrid as the club needed a bail out! He is the backbone of Brazil and his manger banks on him to make it to the knowckout styage and may be win an unprecedented sixth world cup! Though His knee injuries has slowed his pace still with his lethal counter-attacking abilities he is a threat for any defense. An excellent dribbler and his passes are very intelligent.
Country: Spain Club Team: Barcelona
Position: Midfielder Age: 30
They say, every soccer team needs a Xavi and that speaks for his great abilities as a player. The Spanish player is oldest among the top 5 players in rankings but his youth is seen when he is with the ball.The natural successor to Pep Guardiola, now Barcelona’s manager, Xavi has been a mainstay in Barcelona’s lineup since 1998 after joining the club’s academy in 1991. His Player of the Tournament award for Spain’s EURO 2008 triumph was justified. His best performance was against arch rivals Real Madrid when he scored four times in a 6-2 win for Barcelona. He is an intelligent playmaker who with the combination of precise passes and artistic formation both in the final third and from a deep lying position. The ball9 gets glued to his foot once he owns it!