9 Best World Cup Performers

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The FIFA World Cup is without a doubt the biggest sporting event on the planet.  Coming around only once every four years, the prestige a player can earn comes along with enormous pressure.  Throughout the years, legends have been created and legacies have been cemented.  Although modern superstars like Arjen Robben, Wayne Rooney, and Mario Balotelli have yet to make a serious impact at soccer’s grandest stage, there is always hope among their respective fans that, “this will be their year”.  As we prepare for upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil, here is our list of the the best performers in World Cup history.

9. Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan seems like an unlikely addition to this list. But the American has been to three World Cups already, and is likely to head to his fourth this summer in Brazil 2014.  Not many players make it to four separate tournaments. With 5 goals so far, Landon has more World Cup goals than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi combined. He inspired the States to win their group in 2010 in South Africa, the first time they had accomplished that since 1930. Although they went on to be eliminated in dramatic fashion by Ghana in the round of 16, Donovan scored again, cementing his place as the greatest player in American soccer history.

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AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File

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