The pinnacle of world soccer has a glamorous way of rewarding the finest and hottest footballing stars, and 2010 is no exception. As we prepare to witness the greatest sporting showcase, it is most likely that some of the big names such as Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andries Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi will participate in the rumble in the jungle. But who'll light up the stadiums and capture the imagination of the soccer loving masses. The likes of Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Thierry Henry, Luis Fabiano and Samuel Eto'o are also some of the big guns expected to scintillate the fans with some inspired performances.
However, fans will miss the presence of Andrei Arshavin and Zlatan Ibrahimovic owing to the failure of their respective teams to qualify, while Michael Owen and David Beckham are hoping to recapture their magic of yester year. Brazil's Dunga may call on the services of long serving stalwarts, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo thanks to their favorable form. But can 2010 witness the explosive emergence of little known players to the forefront in the same way the Senegalese shocked the world in 2002?