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Top 5 Players of South Africa Football World Cup Soccer
The Stars of South Africa Football World Cup
Confronted with too wide a choice, picking the top five players of the coming Football World Cup can be quite a daunting task. As a matter of fact, there could even be surprise omissions and unforeseen inclusion of players when the various competing teams arrive in South Africa for FIFA 2010.
Notwithstanding certain unpredictable incidents, player injuries, match suspensions or lack of form, every nation has certain star players guaranteed to find a place in their national squad. From amongst these star players, one can, as dispassionately as possible, draw up a list of top five players of the South Africa Football World Cup championship.
Lionel Messi of Argentina is considered by many football critics and commentators as the most outstanding player of the game at this point in time. He might have only managed 13 strikes in 41 appearances for his country but he has performed stunningly for Barcelona. He led the club adroitly after scoring 38 goals in 51 total appearances while also lending constructive support 18 other goals. Messi is a delight to watch and his negotiating skills are unmatched by any other player. Messi's game relies on its unpredictability and masterly control of the ball. Standing 5-foot-7 tall, Messi is also a good header. The Argentina manager Diego Maradona, one of the best of all times footballer, has named Messi as his successor and as Argentina's football savior. This is indeed a great honor for Messi. Messi is a field genius who can shatter any defense off the dribble and prefers playing out wide and cutting in on his left foot.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a player high on popularity ratings, isthe current Real Madrid star and has managed to find the net 22 times in 68 matches for Portugal. He has an enviable record of having scored five goals in just five appearances for Los Blancos. For Manchester United, he performed remarkably scoring 17 goals in 34 matches in the league during the 2006-7 season and then followed it with a stunning 2007-08 season netting 31 goals in 34 appearances in the Premiership. Ronaldo won the European Golden Shoe during the 2007-08 as the leading scorer across all the top divisions in Europe. Measured by any yardstick, Ronaldo is a clever dribbler, outstanding header and a brilliant long-distance shooter and arguably one of the best free-kick takers. Ronaldo is an explosive speedster and a prolific goal scorer for a winger. He specializes in long-range free kicks and has the uncanny ability to shoot from anywhere.
The former Milan icon has scored 26 goals for Brazil in 73 appearances. He was the prime mover in Milan’s success in Europe during the 2006-07 season as the club won the Champions League. Kaka finished top scorer in the European competition that season netting 10 goals. This talented Brazilian player has managed three goals in 10 matches in la Liga but he is earnestly rebuilding himself post- Milan. A dexterous soccer player, Kaka is a rare Brazilian star who comes from an upper-middle-class background. Money could not tear him away from Milan and its fans. Kaka won everything there is to win for Milan and the club later sold him to Real Madrid in June. Kaka has become a pivotal player in new Brazil, masterminding its lethal counterattacks. Kaka’s presence can make difference to Brazil team that is still one of the world's best. Kaka isa seasoned player who can break down defenses through his cunning dribble and clever passes.
Wayne Rooney is an agile forward and this young 24-year-old footballer will be the prime player to implement Fabio Capello’s attacking schemes come world cup. Rooney scored 12 goals in 30 league appearances last season for Manchester United and he has already managed seven strikers in 11 games this season in the Premiership. Rooney has scored 25 times in the 55 matches he has played for his country. Wayne Rooney is acknowledged by many as the greatest striker for England. An England side without the Liverpool-born Rooney will be orphaned. . The accomplished and athletic Rooney has reinvented his position, running all over the attacking half of the field to drop back into midfield when needed or to provide the final tap on shooting a goal. Rooney has carried the scoring load for Man U, leading the Premier League with 23 goals. Even his opponents agree that Rooney is a deadly striker who can play anywhere across the front three. Powerful physical build and aggressive mental attitude makes Rooney a class apart.
David Villa has an outstanding player record with both Valencia and Spain. He has successfully netted 35 goals in barely 54 appearances. The dashing Villa has scored a remarkable nine goals in 10 la Liga games this season. It is humorously said “that where David Villa goes, the goals inescapably follow”. At 28, Villa has already accumulated the second-most goals for Spain of all time, next only to Raul, who has eight more goals but in 48 additional games played. Villa is also 11th on the all-time Primera División top-scorer charts and is tied for the top slot with Lionel Messi this season. Almost invincible when running on to through balls, the perfectly ambidextrous Villa - who is comfortable playing with either foot - is the footballer to watch this world cup tournament.