Although, the game of soccer is described as a team sport, there are always some exceptionally talented footballers who lead their team by example for generations to follow. From legendary Pele to marvelous Maradona and from dribbling Zidane to goal machine Ronaldo, every national squad has an extraordinary soccer player on who their teammates rely on. This world cup promises to be a spectacle like the others and we look forward to these names to enthrall us with their charisma and take their national team to the road of glory.
6. Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon
The Cameroon national squad will be eyeing their success in this world cup with some spectacular performances from Samuel Eto’o. The 33 year old striker is a record four times African Player of the Year and is repeatedly described as the most decorated African player of all time. Eto’o was a day short 16th birthday before he earned first international cap in 1997. Since then, Eto’o has played 117 matches for the African team scoring 56 goals. He has 18 goals to his name in the Africa Cup of Nations and is the all time record holder.
5. Yaya Toure – Ivory Coast
The tall midfielder from Ivory Coast has been an iconic name for several champion football clubs like Olympiacos, AS Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City. Toure is better admired for his versatile football skills that are equally harmonized with his physical power and passing flair. Yaya has been thrice voted as African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Yaya made his debut in 2004 and since then has 82 caps for the Ivory Coast with 16 goals in all competitions. Ever since he joined the English Football Champions Manchester City, Yaya has been in fantastic form which makes the African player to watch out for.
4. Eden Hazard – Belgium
Just at 23, Eden has to fulfill loads of expectation of the Belgium football fans. The attacking midfielder and winger, has been really impressive ever since his move fromLille to Chelsea. Before debuting for the Belgium national team at the age of 17, Eden was a prominent player in various U-16 and U-17 football competitions. The talented young swinger has played 45 matches for the Belgium National team and scored six goals in total. Described as the player with immense talent, Eden PFA Young Player of the Year for 2013-14 and also made his name Premier League PFA Team of the Year for the second straight time.
3. Clint Dempsey – USA
English football fans know Clint Dempsey as a calm attacking midfielder who played his last season on loan with Fulham. Besides this, Dempsey is the captain of the United States national team with 105 international caps and 37 goals to his name. Dempsey also led the US national team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship that made his base for the senior team in 2004. This world cup will be his third appearance and stakes will surely be high for him to take the team to the final stages of the tournament.
2. Edin Džeko – Bosnia and Herzegovina
A prominent name and face in English Football, EdinDžekoplays as a striker for English club Manchester City. Džeko began his career at Željezničarand then moved to Wolfsburg and finally wore the number 10 jersey at Etihad. Before making his way to the senior side in 2007, the striker had represented the national team at U-19 and U-21 levels. In his seven years of senior football, Džeko has played 62 international matches and hit the net 35 time in these appearances.
1. Javier Hernandez – Mexico
Nicknamed “Chicharito”, Javier is a 26 year old striker who played for the Mexican club Guadalajara before signing up for Manchester United in 2010. Javier made his debut for Mexico in 2009 and currently is the joint third highest goal scorer for the national team. In his five years of international football, Javier has made 58 appearances with 35 goals to his name. Moreover, Javier was the top scorer with 7 goals in 2011 Gold’s Cup and was IFFHS Most Popular Player of the CONCACAF for the same year.