The excitement surrounding the FIFA World Cup is hard to measure. It is felt not just on a local, or even national scale, but occurs all over the World and the fact that it rolls around only every four years only succeeds in adding more eager anticipation to the World’s premier football competition.

The World Cup is the only place to see the planet’s top footballing talent representing their nations on the same stage and has, in the past, rarely disappointed. Add this to the fact that, for many people, the World Cup is a time to place a few bets that they normally would not and the interest in the competition only grows. In fact what is there that can make a truly entertaining match-up between Brazil and Holland like in this year’s tournament, other than a wager?

Some of the World’s very best players have graced the World Cup stage over the years, whether it be Silvio Piola for Italy in 1938, Ferenc Puskas leading the Magical Magyars to a surprising final defeat in 1954 or Pele making his bow as a prodigious 17-year-old star four years later; there has been no shortage of players coming to the fore and impressing on an individual basis.

Diego Forlan was one such star this year in South Africa, surprising everyone by taking the Golden Ball for the Player of the tournament. For the next tournament in Brazil there are plenty of young players who could follow in Forlan’s footsteps if you do fancy a flutter on the Golden Ball winner, check out http://www.footballscores.com for live odds.

Lionel Messi, World Player of the Year and top goalscorer in the Spanish League, is just one of these players and along with stars such as compatriot Javier Pastore, French playmaker Yoann Gourcuff and Italy’s fiery teenage striker Mario Balotelli, is one to look out for in four years time.

With the World Cup going to Brazil in four years time, many people’s vision of football’s spiritual home, the excitement has started to build up yet again and the chance to see these players in action just adds to that.

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