The World Cup is no doubt the world’s biggest single-sport event. Every four years, national teams from around the world compete for the right to call themselves the World Champion. It is also an opportunity for individual players to make the world take notice. This year should be no different. Here is a list of ten players who are likely to make themselves known on the world’s biggest stage in Brazil.
1. Alan Dzagoev: Russia
Euro 2012 was unkind to Russia. The team beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in its first game and wound up not advancing to the knockout stages after a 1-0 loss to Greece due to the new UEFA tiebreaker rules. But in those three group stage games, Alan Dzagoev was clearly the best player. The CSKA Moscow playmaker scored three goals in Euro 2012, which is the same amount of goals scored as Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Mario Gomez, and Mario Balotelli in the same tournament. The only difference is Dzagoev’s Russian team was eliminated at the group stage.
Dzagoev will be relishing his chance to play against South Korea and Algeria because he loves to run into gaps between the midfield and the defense. Look for this attacking midfielder to create chances for his teammates and possibly score a few goals himself this summer.