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2014 World Cup: 9 of the most dangerous players of the game

Published on: 11 June 2014
Asamoah Gyan

Here are nine of the players that the world will be watching almost obsessively at the World Cup 2014.

They are scorers and attackers. One even has a reputation for being literally dangerous — Luis Suarez of Uruguay has been in trouble more than once for biting his opponents.

The group includes talents like Lionel Messi of Argentina and Neymar of Brasil. But there are also lesser known -- but equally potent -- players in the group like Asamoah Gyan of Ghana and Edin Dzeko of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Asamoah Gyan - Ghana

Asamoah Gyan

Ghana is in the so-called "Group of Death" along with Germany, Portugal and the USA. But the Black Stars have two-time World Cup veteran Asamoah Gyan, pictured here in London in 2011, as their captain. He has vowed to Ghanian media that the team will qualify from the group. "Ghanaians should relax," he told a local sports radio station. "We'll qualify from the group and make Ghana proud again."

Edin Dzeko - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edin Dzeko

This is the first time that Bosnia and Herzegovina will appear in the World Cup. SB Nation gives the team a good chance at qualifying from Group F, even though it includes Argentina. Their stars include Edin Dzeko, pictured here playing for Manchester City in England on May 7, 2014.

Mesut Ozil - Germany

Mesut Ozil

SB Nation has called Ozil, pictured here in London on May 4, 2014, a "great playmaker" but some say that he has not played well in recent games, showing a lack of confidence. Germany faces off against Portugal in their first Group G game.

Luis Suarez - Uruguay

Luiz Suarez

Luis Suarez, pictured here playing for Liverpool in May 2014, may be as well known for biting his opponents as he is for striking against the goal. Notwithstanding his reputation for aggression, he is considered one of Uruguay's best attackers.

Lionel Messi - Argentina

Lionel Messi

The New York Times has called Argentinian forward Lionel Messi "boy genius" as well as "something of a freak." In a recent profile, the Times dissected the love-hate relationship of his native country with the star player, but there's no denying that when Messi gets on the field a lot of people will simply be looking for magic.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world's most famous soccer players and was voted the world's best player in 2013. Headlines follow him when he goes shirtless or sees a Ghanaian witch doctor for an injury. As the biggest star of Portugal's team, all eyes will be on him from the get-go as they face off against Germany in their first game of Group G.

Robin van Persie - Holland

Van Persie

A lot of praise has been heaped on Holland's offense, due in no small order to striker Robin van Persie, pictured here in London on May 5, 2012.

Neymar - Brazil


Prince. Madonna. When people start calling you by one name, you know you've reached a certain level of success. Neymar is Brazil's one-name star (okay, he sometimes goes by Neymar Junior, but still) whom even teammates say will be key to the host team's winning the Cup.

Wayne Rooney - England

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is the highest-paid player in England for a reason. But some critics think the striker has failed to perform like one of the greats during the World Cup.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Rampage says:
    June 11, 2014 11:43 am
    So what in the world are we saying?are we trying to compare asamoah guan to these top players?or are we saying he is on the same level as them?
  • aa says:
    June 11, 2014 12:14 pm
    @rampage. Basically inferiority complex. Asamoah Gyan is in the same category. He is definitely one of the most feared African strikers. You ware only pondering on it because he comes from Ghana
  • sticky says:
    June 12, 2014 09:56 am
    some of u dont knw anything all the players listed above Gyan has more goals and has performed well in world cup than all of them
  • To says:
    June 12, 2014 11:44 pm
    Gyan? Hmmmm! Anyway everybody 's entitled to their opinion. I would put Eto or Bony in that spot.
  • kwame says:
    June 12, 2014 08:30 am
    Pure rubbish!
  • Troy says:
    June 12, 2014 08:45 am
    @Selfmade, can u stop embarrassing the good name of Ghana on that US soccerbyives? Why insult them ? Did u see someone there insulting?
  • Kay says:
    June 12, 2014 10:40 am
    How many goals does Asamoah Gyan have in WC finals as against Messi, or Rooney, or Ronaldo or the rest listed here? Think of it.