Top Black Players to Watch in 2014 World Cup

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  • Tim Howard
  • Jozy Altidore
  • Marcelo
  • Kevin Prince Boeteng
  • Pepe
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  • Mario Balotelli
  • Neymar
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • Alex Song
  • Yaya Toure
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Paul Pogba

Marcelo (Brazil)

Born in Rio de Janeiro, and on the Brazilian national team, Marcelo spends most of the year playing alongside his best friend, Cristiano Ronaldo, for Real Madrid. At 26 years old, the defender is fast — as in, so fast he has often dribbled the ball over half of the field before you even know who has possession. He has been playing since he was nine and, at 13, was recruited by local Brazilian club Fluminense for their youth team. This is Marcelo's first World Cup, where he can show why soccer legend Maradona said he is the best player today for his position.(Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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