2014 World Cup - Top 32 players to watch in Brazil

This month the world's top 32 national teams will gather in Brazil to compete for international soccer's greatest prize: the World Cup. To correspond with the 32 teams in the tournament, we've compiled a shortlist of 32 of the most exciting players we can look forward to seeing in action this summer.

Honda, Kagawa will need to step up for Japan

Japan's Keisuke Honda, center, controls the ball against Cyprus during a friendly soccer match in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Japan will play against Ivory Coast, Greece and Colombia in Group C of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

5 Ivory Coast players to watch at the World Cup

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, Ivory Coast's Gervinho eyes the ball during their African Cup of Nations group D match with Tunisia at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. The two other teams in group D are Togo and Algeria. The Elephants had a comfortable qualification run under French coach Sabri Lamouchi, with a team filled with Europe-based talent including Manchester City's Yaya Toure. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

AP Interview: Clint Dempsey trying to regain form

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2012 file photo, team USA forward Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring during a friendly soccer match against Italy in Genoa, Italy. Coming off an injury-filled summer, U.S. national soccer team star Clint Dempsey is looking forward to regaining form heading into his first World Cup as U.S. captain. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Brazil v Spain: Final - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: David Luiz of Brazil celebrates at the end of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

England v Denmark - International Friendly

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Daniel Sturridge of England celebrates his goal during the International Friendly match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on March 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Marco Reus - Germany

Germany attacking midfielder Marco Reus has evolved as one of the central figures in Juergen Klopp's fast-paced offensive game plan at Bundesliga side Borrussia Dortmund. For the national team he has contributed seven goals in the World Cup qualifiers in as many games. (Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson, left, is challenged by Croatia's Luka Modric during their World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match in Zagreb, Croatia

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson, left, is challenged by Croatia's Luka Modric during their World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match in Zagreb, Croatia. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic,File)

In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Thibault Courtois

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 14: Thibaut Courtois of Belgium throws the ball during the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Karim Benzema of France, right, and Netherlands' Bruno Martins Indi eye the ball during the international friendly match between France and Netherlands at the Stade de France stadium, outside Paris, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Karim Benzema of France, right, and Netherlands' Bruno Martins Indi eye the ball during the international friendly match between France and Netherlands at the Stade de France stadium, outside Paris, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Diego Costa

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 05: Diego Costa of Spain in action during the international friendly match between Spain and Italy on March 5, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Robin van Persie - Netherlands

Robin van Persie of Holland during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier match between the Netherlands and Hungary at the Amsterdam Arena on Oktober 11, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger controls a ball during the 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and Ireland in Cologne, Germany, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger controls a ball during the 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and Ireland in Cologne, Germany, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

In this June 7, 2013, file photo, Chile's Arturo Vidal celebrates his goal against Paraguay at a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday. Vidal is one of the leaders of the Chilean squad for this upcoming World Cup

FILE - In this June 7, 2013, file photo, Chile's Arturo Vidal celebrates his goal against Paraguay at a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday. Vidal is one of the leaders of the Chilean squad for this upcoming World Cup. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)

In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, Uruguays Edinson Cavani controls the ball during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Colombia in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay has won the World Cup twice _ in 1930 and 1950 _ and is always a dangerous rival with a tough-nosed style of play and two of the world's top forwards in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, Uruguays Edinson Cavani controls the ball during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Colombia in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay has won the World Cup twice _ in 1930 and 1950 _ and is always a dangerous rival with a tough-nosed style of play and two of the world's top forwards in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

Portugal's Pepe controls the ball in front of Sweden's Johan Elmander during the World Cup 2014 qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP/Pontus Lundahl, TT) SWEDEN OUT

Germany v Chile - International Friendly

STUTTGART, GERMANY - MARCH 05: Alexis Sanchez #7 of Chile tries to score against goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany during the international friendly match between Germany and Chile at Mercedes-Benz Arena on March 5, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bosnia-Herzegovina v Argentina

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: Sergio Aguero #10 of Argentina controls the ball against Ermin Bicakcic #3 of Bosnia-Herzegovina during the international friendly match between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina at Busch Stadium on November 18, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli, is blockes from scoring during a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group B, qualification match between Italy and Armenia in Naples, Italy

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli, is blockes from scoring during a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group B, qualification match between Italy and Armenia in Naples, Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Belgium's Eden Hazard, left, battles for the ball with Colombia's Pablo Armero, center, and Carlos Sanchez, right, during a friendly soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Belgium's Eden Hazard, left, battles for the ball with Colombia's Pablo Armero, center, and Carlos Sanchez, right, during a friendly soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

In this June 16, 2013, file photo, Italy's Andrea Pirlo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the soccer Confederations Cup group A match between Mexico and Italy at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FILE - In this June 16, 2013, file photo, Italy's Andrea Pirlo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the soccer Confederations Cup group A match between Mexico and Italy at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

In this Sept. 7, 2013 file, photo, Brazil's Thiago Silva, top, fights for the ball during a friendly soccer match in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil defeated Australia 6-0

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file, photo, Brazil's Thiago Silva, top, fights for the ball during a friendly soccer match in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil defeated Australia 6-0. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, file)

Phillip Lahm - Germany

Germany defender and captain Philipp Lahm gestures to team mates during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia. (Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

5 Dutch players to watch at the World Cup

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo, In this Netherlands' Arjen Robben plays the ball during the Group D World Cup qualifying soccer match between Netherlands and Hungary, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben continue to spark the Oranje, but Van Persie must seize the opportunity after the Manchester United striker has scored only once at the last two major tournaments, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

In this March 5, 2014, file photo, Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure drives the ball during a friendly soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. The Elephants had a comfortable qualification run under French coach Sabri Lamouchi, with a team filled with Europe-based talent including Manchester City's Yaya Toure

FILE - In this March 5, 2014, file photo, Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure drives the ball during a friendly soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. The Elephants had a comfortable qualification run under French coach Sabri Lamouchi, with a team filled with Europe-based talent including Manchester City's Yaya Toure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

Germany v Greece - UEFA EURO 2012 Quarter Final

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Philipp Lahm celebrates as Miroslav Klose of Germany (obscured) scores their third goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Brazil v Spain: Final - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Sergio Ramos of Spain competes with Fred of Brazil during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez walks off the pitch at the end of a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup. The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker says he had surgery Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus. Sandra Diaz tells The Associated Press that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to recover in 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The team will then face England on June 19 and Italy on June 24

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez walks off the pitch at the end of a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup. The mother of the 27-year-old Liverpool striker says he had surgery Thursday to repair damage to his meniscus. Sandra Diaz tells The Associated Press that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to recover in 2-3 weeks. Uruguay plays its first match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14. The team will then face England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, file)

Neymar

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Neymar #10 of Brazil moves the ball during a friendly between Brazil and Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 06: Lionel Messi of Argentina in action during the International Friendly match between Sweden and Argentina at the Friends Arena on February 6, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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WARSAW, POLAND - FEBRUARY 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the International Friendly mach between Poland and Portugal at National Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)