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

Keep Your Eyes on These Soccer Stars

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is upon us, with powerhouse host Brazil taking on Croatia today (June 12) to set off the tournament. As the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil has been preparing for this tournament for years, reportedly spending $11 billion — more than double of what South Africa spent in 2010 and fives times what Germany doled out in 2006. As of late May, several of the 12 stadiums being built were not finished, stirring huge concern considering more than 3.5 million soccer fans are expected in Rio de Janeiro. Still, the global fever for the 2014 World Cup is contagious. Here, BET.com points out 14 players you should pay attention to during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: FIFA)

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