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Top 10 players to watch in the World Cup

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XAVI (Spain): A savvy midfielder and considered the pulse of the Spanish team. He finished third for the 2009 FIFA Player of the Year award, behind only Messi and Ronaldo. He is joined by star teammates Fernando Torres (a top scorer), Andres Iniesta (nicknamed "The Illusionist"), and Iker Casillas (who tops of many people’s lists of the world’s best goalkeepers). He plays professionally for Barcelona. Here, Xavi (l.) celebrates with teammate David Villa after Villa's goal against Poland during a friendly match at the Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, Spain, on June 8.

PHOTO: Alberto Saiz/AP

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