It’s time to forget about the over-rated and much hyped Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and co. This World Cup has brought us a new generation of heroes – players who can actually cut it on the biggest stage.
Lets take a look at 10 World Cup stars who have shone in South Africa that the Premier League would love to see week in week out.
Although the Ajax skipper’s reputation has been tarnished by his ‘Hand of God’ antics against Ghana, there’s no doubt his actions on the pitch have impressed.The striker, 23, bagged 49 goals in 48 games for his club last season and has featured in all five of Uruguay’s matches, netting a further three times.
A year ago Honda, 24, was turning out for Dutch minnows VVV Venlo but following his four games – and two goals – for Japan, he is now rated as one of the best midfielders in the world. Ohh please maybe in Japan
In Slovakia’s first-ever World Cup finals, Vittek produced a huge shock by becoming the tournament’s top scorer for a time and scoring the goals which knocked out holders Italy in the process. Though unwanted at his current club Lille and is unlikely to return to Ankaragucu in Turkey where he has been on loan. Such a player in limbo who could be a real bargain.
Don’t let Gyan’s penalty miss distract from what has been a wonderful tournament for the Stade Rennes forward. Bagged 13 goals in the French top flight before heading to South Africa – and becoming a hero in his native Ghana. Had this punk scored the spot kick against Uruguay it would have sent Ghana into the semi-finals for the first time.