Players to Watch in 2014 World Cup

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  • 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
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup

Neymar, Brazil

Why is Neymar a player to watch in the 2014 FIFA World Cup? At 22, the forward/winger is good enough to hang with the world’s best on FC Barcelona, but is still raw. Neymar leading host Brazil to victory in his first World Cup would stamp him as a young legend. Brazilian soccer hero Ronaldinho told, “We have high hopes that he will be the best player in the tournament and that Brazil will be champions." Neymar, who has 31 goals in 48 appearances for Brazil, seemingly has the world in the palm of his hands. Now what is he going to do with it? The stage will be all his when his host Brazil opens the 2014 World Cup by taking on Croatia in the lone match on Thursday. (Photo: Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

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