Are you totally ignorant of football? You don’t know anything about the beautiful game? As the 2010 FIFA World Cup approaches, here are 3 of the biggest names on display. Learn them and don’t be left out of the conversation.
1) Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is the European and World Footballer of the Year 2009 and one of the most talented footballers in the world. Only 22 years old, his dribbling skills have earned him comparisons with the great Diego Maradona. Messi has just finished a fantastic season for Barcelona, helping them to retain the league title. Many fans believe it is only a matter of time before Messi is elevated to true football greats, joining players like Pelé and Maradona. However, to reach such heights, Messi must first win the World Cup. Will he be able to do it in South Africa in June? Messi has never been able to replicate his form for Argentina but is well positioned to do so in the biggest stage of all.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo
Love him or hate him, Cristiano Ronaldo is today one of the most famous footballers. Ronaldo rose to fame with his move to Manchester United in 2003 and won the coveted Champions League with the Red Devils in 2008. A dazzling dribbler, Ronaldo is also an accomplished scorer and header. 2009 World Player of the Year, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record of £ 80million and narrowly missed the league title with his new club. The biggest star of a talented Portuguese team, Ronaldo is already assured of his place among the greatest footballers of all time.
3) Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney, only 24, is England’s biggest star. His rise was meteoric, becoming the youngest player to score in the Premier League in 2002, breaking Arsenal’s undefeated spell. His subsequent transfer from Everton to Manchester United has earned him many accolades such as 2010 Player of the Year. Known for that aggressive run and never saying die, Rooney has had his best season so far and is so important. for England that then manager Sven Goran Eriksson took him to the 2006 World Cup even though he was not fully in shape. After tarnishing his last World Cup appearance by getting sent off against Portugal for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho, Rooney has improved his temper and is in good shape for the World Cup.