World Cup players with most to gain this summer

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Every player in the World Cup dreams of victory on the pitch. But many also view the tournament as an opportunity to further their professional careers. Players with breakout performances can earn a big-money move to a new club as well as lucrative endorsement deals. Others are out to prove to their club managers that they deserve more playing time. In this gallery, we feature the World Cup players with the most potential to make a name for themselves in Brazil.

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<span>L-R) Robin van Persie of Holland, Raphael Varane of France during the International friendly match between France and Netherlands on March 5, 2014 at Stade France in Paris, France.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)</span>
Raphael Varane
L-R) Robin van Persie of Holland, Raphael Varane of France during the International friendly match between France and Netherlands on March 5, 2014 at Stade France in Paris, France.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - NOVEMBER 16: Serge Aurier of Ivory Coast tries an overhead kick during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg between Senegal and Ivory Coast at Stade Mohammed V on November 16, 2013 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)</span></p>
Serge Aurier

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - NOVEMBER 16: Serge Aurier of Ivory Coast tries an overhead kick during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg between Senegal and Ivory Coast at Stade Mohammed V on November 16, 2013 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Oscar of Brazil celebrates during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
Oscar
Oscar of Brazil celebrates during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
<span>MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United in action with David Meyler of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)</span>
Adnan Januzaj
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United in action with David Meyler of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
<span>MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 04: Steven Gerrard of England speaks with Raheem Sterling of England after he was shown a red card during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)</span>
Raheem Sterling
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 04: Steven Gerrard of England speaks with Raheem Sterling of England after he was shown a red card during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
<span>SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 07: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland during the EURO 2012 Qualifying Group G match between Wales and Switzerland at the Liberty Stadium on October 7, 2011 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)</span>
Xherdan Shaqiri
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 07: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland during the EURO 2012 Qualifying Group G match between Wales and Switzerland at the Liberty Stadium on October 7, 2011 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
ASUNCION, PARAGUAY - OCTOBER 15: Jackson Martinez of Colombia drives the ball during a match between Paraguay and Colombia as part of the 18th round of the South American Qualifiers at Defensores del Chaco Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Asuncion, Paraguay. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Jackson Martinez
ASUNCION, PARAGUAY - OCTOBER 15: Jackson Martinez of Colombia drives the ball during a match between Paraguay and Colombia as part of the 18th round of the South American Qualifiers at Defensores del Chaco Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Asuncion, Paraguay. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)
<span>PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Paul Pogba of France in action during the international friendly match between France and Norway at Stade de France on May 27, 2014 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)</span>
Paul Pogba
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Paul Pogba of France in action during the international friendly match between France and Norway at Stade de France on May 27, 2014 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
<span>JACKSONVILLE, FL - JUNE 07: Forward Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States shoots and scores his second game of the game behind defender Joseph Yobo #2 of Nigeria during the international friendly match at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)</span>
Jozy Altidore
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JUNE 07: Forward Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States shoots and scores his second game of the game behind defender Joseph Yobo #2 of Nigeria during the international friendly match at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
<span>BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 15: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium pictured during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group A qualifying match between Belgium and Wales at the King Baudouin stadium on October 15, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Philippe Crochet / Photonews via Getty Images)</span>
Romelu Lukaku
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 15: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium pictured during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group A qualifying match between Belgium and Wales at the King Baudouin stadium on October 15, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Philippe Crochet / Photonews via Getty Images)

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