5 international World Cup stars to know

Cristiano Ronaldo
Team: Portugal
Position: Forward

Ronaldo is the most recent winner of the world’s best player award.

The question will be whether Ronaldo can overcome his knee injury and lead Portugal past the Group of 16 for the first time since he joined the national team.



Lionel Messi
Team: Argentina
Position: Forward

Messi's skills arguably are the best in the world. Messi has been named the globe’s best player four times. At only 24 years old, he became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 232 goals.

But Argentina has struggled in the World Cup with Messi and got thumped 4-0 by Germany in the quarterfinals in 2010.



Team: Brazil
Position: Midfielder

At just 22 years old, Neymar is garnering attention as one of the game’s best and is a big reason Brazil is the favorite to win the World Cup on its home soil.

Brazil is loaded with stars and flair, but Neymar might be the best.



Mesut Özil
Team: Germany
Position: Midfielder

Ozil figures to be one of the best players in Group G and will be looked at to lead Germany’s lethal attack.

Ozil helped the Germans have one of the world’s best qualifying appearances as the team scored a national record of 36 goals.

Luis Suárez
Team: Uruguay
Position: Forward

Uruguay shocked the world by reaching the World Cup semifinals in 2010. To return to that level, Suarez must be a key figure.

One of the world’s most controversial soccer players, Suarez will be one of the main providers of firepower for Uruguay. 

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