Lionel Messi: The Argentinian is known for his goal scoring abilities from tight spots eluding the defense. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup, and this time around he is surely a man not to be missed out.
Kaka: A mid-fielder known for his pace and ball control won the Fifa World Player of Year in 2007. Though he has played in the previous World Cup in 2006 and 2002, he has not had a chance to prove his mettle for his country in the World Cups. He would surely want to deliver big results for Brazil.
Cristiano Ronaldo: FIFPro World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Player of the Year(2008) where he helped his club Manchester united win the Champions league. He has grown as a player and has had big fan following all over the globe for his lightning display at the wing. The world will surely keep an eye on him. He scored 33 goals in first 35 appearances for Real Madrid in the recently concluded season.
Fernando Torres: Torres helped Spain win Euro 2008, thus ending 44-year drought of not winning any major title. With his blistering pace and a talented spanish line-up, Torres will surely be a man to watch out for.
Samuel Eto: An inspirational African, Eto has been a superb force in european football. He is known for his outstanding positional awareness and shooting technique.He already is the leading goal scorer for his country and has made a major role for clubs like Barcelona and his current club Inter Milan.
Frank Ribery: Ribery helped France reach the finals in the 2006 World Cup. He has recently been caught by various alleged issues off the field but if he can just concentrate on football, he has the ability and experience to win big games.
Wayne Rooney: PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009–10, Wayne Rooney will surely be watched by many British fans and EPL fans all over the globe. With England always under performing in the World Cup events, he would surely want to make a difference for his side.
Maicon: He is one of the best right-backs in World Football at present. He has the ability to run down the flank and score goals for his team. He is favored ahead of his team-mate Dani Alves, another talented right-back who plays for Barcelona. He is surely a man not to be missed out.
Iker Casillas: With the 2006 finals finishing in a penalty shoot-out, the goal keepers have had a major spot light and an important role to play in the final outcome of play in World Competition. Casillas will be leading the Spanish side and he is known for his superb ball handling ability and his reflexes. He is another player not to be missed out.
Xavi Hernandez: Known for his elegant passing and spot kicks, the man holds the key in the Spain's midfield play. Xavi helped Spain win Euro 2008 and was named the best player of the tournament. He is one guy not to be missed this World Cup.