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Home > Sports > 2006 World Cup > Players to watch

Select Your Five Stars

Ivan Crasto, our dashing Sports Editor, believes the following 32 players will set the stadiums alight at the World Cup.

Ivan now wants you to choose the five players who you think are the best amongst the lot.

Click on the checkbox next to five of your favourite players and then scroll down to submit.

Remember you can only vote once, so take your time before you decide.

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    Ronaldinho
    Team: Brazil
    Born: March 21, 1980
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Barcelona
    International goals: 27
    International caps: 62
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    Zinedine Zidane
    Team: France
    Born: June 23, 1972
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Real Madrid
    International goals: 28
    International caps: 101
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    David Beckham
    Team: England
    Born: May 2, 1975
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Real Madrid
    International goals: 16
    International caps: 88
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    Didier Drogba
    Team: Ivory Coast
    Born: March 11, 1978
    Position: Forward
    Club: Chelsea
    International goals: 21
    International caps: 31
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    Nemanja Vidic
    Team: Serbia and Montenegro
    Born: October 21, 1981
    Position: Defender
    Club: Manchester Utd.
    International goals: 1
    International caps: 20
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    Dwight Yorke
    Team: Trinidad & Tobago
    Born: November 3, 1971
    Position: Forward
    Club: Sydney FC
    International goals: 15
    International caps: 53
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    Philip Cocu
    Team: Netherlands
    Born: October 29, 1970
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: PSV Eindhoven
    International goals: 10
    International caps: 96
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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    Team: Sweden
    Born: October 3, 1981
    Position: Forward
    Club: Juventus
    International goals: 18
    International caps: 37
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    Juan Roman Riquelme
    Team: Argentina
    Born: June 24, 1978
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Villarreal
    International goals: 8
    International caps: 31
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    Henrik Larsson
    Team: Sweden
    Born: September 20, 1971
    Position: Forward
    Club: Barcelona
    International goals: 34
    International caps: 88
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    Ronaldo
    Team: Brazil
    Born: September 22, 1976
    Position: Forward
    Club: Real Madrid
    International goals: 58
    International caps: 91
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    Thierry Henry
    Team: France
    Born: August 17, 1977
    Position: Forward
    Club: Arsenal
    International goals: 31
    International caps: 76
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    Frank Lampard
    Team: England
    Born: June 20, 1978
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Chelsea
    International goals: 10
    International caps: 38
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    Michael Ballack
    Team: Germany
    Born: September 26, 1976
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Bayern Munich
    International goals: 30
    International caps: 63
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    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Team: Portugal
    Born: February 5, 1985
    Position: Forward
    Club: Manchester United
    International goals: 11
    International caps: 30
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    Lionel Messi
    Team: Argentina
    Born: June 24, 1987
    Position: Forward
    Club: Barcelona
    International goals: 1
    International caps: 6
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    Ali Daei
    Team: Iran
    Born: March 21, 1969
    Position: Forward
    Club: Saba Battery Tehran
    International goals: 109
    International caps: 145
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    Michael Owen
    Team: England
    Born: December 14, 1979
    Position: Forward
    Club: Newcastle United
    International goals: 35
    International caps: 75
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    Fabio Cannavaro
    Team: Italy
    Born: September 13, 1973
    Position: Defender
    Club: Juventus
    International goals: 1
    International caps: 91
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    Michael Essien
    Team: Ghana
    Born: December 3, 1982
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Chelsea
    International goals: 3
    International caps: 15
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    Shunsuke Nakamura
    Team: Japan
    Born: June 24, 1978
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Celtic
    International goals: 15
    International caps: 58
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    Iker Casillas
    Team: Spain
    Born: May 20, 1981
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Club: Real Madrid
    International caps: 56
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    Dado Prso
    Team: Croatia
    Born: November 5, 1974
    Position: Forward
    Club: Rangers
    International goals: 8
    International caps: 27
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    Andriy Shevchenko
    Team: Ukraine
    Born: September 29, 1976
    Position: Forward
    Club: AC Milan
    International goals: 28
    International caps: 63
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    Harry Kewell
    Team: Australia
    Born: September 22, 1978
    Position: Forward
    Club: Liverpool
    International goals: 6
    International caps: 19
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    Ali Karimi
    Team: Iran
    Born: November 8, 1978
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Bayern Munich
    International goals: 32
    International caps: 89
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    Pedro Mantorras
    Team: Angola
    Born: March 18, 1982
    Position: Forward
    Club: Benfica
    International goals: 3
    International caps: 9
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    Jared Borgetti
    Team: Mexico
    Born: March 18, 1982
    Position: Forward
    Club: Benfica
    International goals: 3
    International caps: 9
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    Deco
    Team: Portugal
    Born: August 27, 1977
    Position: Midfielder
    Club: Barcelona
    International goals: 2
    International caps: 33
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    Kasey Keller
    Team: United States
    Born: November 29, 1969
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Club: Borussia Moenchengladbach
    International caps: 92
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    Luca Toni
    Team: Italy
    Born: May 26, 1977
    Position: Forward
    Club: Fiorentina
    International goals: 7
    International caps: 16
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    Agustin Delgado
    Team: Ecuador
    Born: December 23, 1974
    Position: Forward
    Club: LDU Quito
    International goals: 29
    International caps: 67
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