Players to Watch in 2014 World Cup

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  • 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
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
  • Lionel Messi, Argentina

Xavi Hernandez, Spain

Think of Xavi Hernandez, of the defending World Cup champion Spain, as the ultimate conductor. Far from the best athlete, Hernandez might be the best mind on the field, orchestrating plays from the midfield with pristine precision and a superior passing prowess. As he goes, Spain goes. Olé, Olé, Olé!  (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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