Last month, VOA looked at the top ten highest football players in the world. Of those ten, only three are still in contention for the World Cup, and what’s more, they are either from Argentina or Brazil. Check out the list below – the highlighted players are still in (Note: even though Neymar is out of the World Cup with a broken vertebra, since he plays for Brazil, he’s included):
Wayne Rooney has never scored a World Cup goal in the two tournaments he has appeared in (Germany, 2006; South Africa, 2010). Mario Balotelli is considered one of the best free kickers in world football.
Their two teams — England and Italy– will clash for the first time in the 2014 World Cup at the sweltering Brazilian city of Manaus with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m. USEDT (10 p.m. GMT).
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