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Top 10 players to watch in the World Cup

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CRISTIANO RONALDO (Portugal): A lethal dribbler and long-range shooter, the 25-year-old started his career in 2003 with Manchester United until 2009, when he was sold for a record $132 million to Real Madrid, where he now plays professionally. In the 2006 World Cup, he scored one goal. His explosive speed and upper-body strength make him the LeBron James of soccer. Watch for him to blow by opponents – when he’s not running them over. Ronaldo (l.) takes a shot on goal during a friendly soccer match against Cameroon on June 1 in Covilha, Portugal.

PHOTO: Armando Franca/AP

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