FIFA World Cup ‘14: The Lone Warriors

  • Nishant Andrews, None
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2014 17:24 IST

"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As the FIFA World Cup ‘14 advances, the fine line set in the above statement continues to grow finer. The everyday matches continue to enthrall the viewers, and keep us glued t our seats for hours.

But today we bring you a list of those few players who have single handedly taken the responsibility of their teams in this year’s world cup and continue to act like an impetus and supportive confidence for the fans and the int’l managers on the greens of Brazil. Ronaldo

From the time he used to kick the ball about with his friends on the streets of Madeira to the crowning moments of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is that one man and an eminent threat amongst the eleven Portuguese that can do wonders with the small spherical object.

In their first and recent encounter with Germany, Bento’s men might’ve lost 4-0 but it has only increased Ronaldo’s hunger for winning.

He is the playmaker of the team and the world can still continue to expect Portugal to make their place in the quarters. Ochoa

Call this man talented, clinical, or simply lucky, Ochoa surely saved a slice of history on June 17 as he bearded seven back-to-back saves against Brazil.

With him in between the Mexican sticks, Herrera’s men in defence had someone to rely on all the time, be it Thiago’s body deflect or Neymar’s powerful header.

Ochoa’s performance has only doubled up the expectations from their Mexican fans as they long to see him again on the greens against Croatia on June 23. Sanchez

Hailing from Tocopilla, a place nicknamed the devil’s corner; Alexis Sanchez was perhaps always destined to be something special.

Blessed with speed, superb dribbling ability and magnificent movement on the right flank, Sanchez’s innumerable qualities on the field have been a boon to the Chilean team.

With a goal in hand, Sanchez continues to pep up as a nightmare for the opposing team managers. Dempsey

Clint Dempsey, a striker with an indomitable personality, is an icon of USA's national team.

According to many, he is the team’s beating heart.

He has it all: goal-scoring panache, a creative, play-making sensibility, and a grim desire to chase back when a foray breaks down.

The playmaker and the glue that binds the team, Dempsey is the hope on the greens for the USA team. Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri’s nickname - ‘the Alpine Messi’- says a great deal about his quality and the 22-year-old is without doubt the driving force behind Switzerland’s play, with his versatility allowing him to be deployed in a number of positions in attack.

With a goal scored in his last encounter against Ecuador, he has already secured a place amongst the Swiss fans.

Ottmar, the Swiss manager continues to builds his hopes against this lone wolf of the team.

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