Players to Watch in 2014 World Cup

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  • 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
  • Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Neymar, Brazil
  • Mario Balotelli, Italy
  • Xavi Hernandez, Spain
  • Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast
  • Andrea Pirlo, Italy
  • Michael Bradley, USA
  • Manuel Neuer, Germany
  • Paul Pogba, France
  • Wayne Rooney, England
  • Alexis Sanchez, Chile
  • Angel di Maria, Argentina
  • Luis Suarez, Uruguay

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

What a shame it would be if Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s most renowned soccer players, can’t participate in the 2014 World Cup. That’s a possibility as Portugal’s forward is battling tendonitis in his left knee and also a muscular problem in his left quadricep, having already missed friendly matches. If he’s able to endure the pain and play, expect key playmaking and a large number of goals for the player that many believe is the best in the world. If he can’t play, he’ll still have the love of his nation, not to mention supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk. Life is good. (Photo:  Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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