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

Lionel Messi, Argentina

Let’s be blunt — Lionel Messi is the world’s most dynamic player. From his precise kicking to nimble footwork to sheer imagination and a penchant for pulling off the unthinkable, Messi is always one to watch, especially during the World Cup. Playing for Spain's powerhouse FC Barcelona during league play, the Argentinian-born forward also serves as the national team's captain. Each World Cup gives Messi the opportunity to represent home and put on for his people, who he has had a peculiar relationship with in years past. Some Argentinians felt slighted by Messi’s decision to join Barcelona in Spain at the age of 12 instead of honing his skills at home. Leading Argentina's team to victory will likely change that feeling.  (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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