Top Black Players to Watch in 2014 World Cup

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  • 061114 Sports The Black Players to Watch In The World Cup Neymar Mario Balotelli
  • Mario Balotelli
  • Neymar
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • Alex Song
  • Yaya Toure
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Paul Pogba
  • Tim Howard
  • Jozy Altidore
  • Marcelo
  • Kevin Prince Boeteng
  • Pepe

Neymar (Brazil)

When Neymar was not selected for the 2010 World Cup team, over 14,000 Brazilians signed a petition demanding his inclusion. It did not work, so this year will be the 22-year-old’s first major chance to show off internationally. Anyone who followed him as a player, first at Santos and this past season at FC Barcelona, has already seen why Neymar is soccer’s new Boy Wonder, on course to be one of the greats like fellow Brazilian Pele. He dribbles fast and with what can look like superhuman precision, scored more than 14 goals in just one season at Barcelona and, last summer, was the star of the Confederations Cup with four goals that helped Brazil win the tournament. He has said that he hopes this year’s World Cup final is between Brazil and Argentina, allowing him the chance to play against — and, he predicts, beat — his Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi(Photo: Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

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