Following the qualification of a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal side this week, anticipation concerning next year's World Cup has hit overdrive. 

More often than not it's the teams who are the most well-rounded who have the best chance at winning football's most coveted prize, but Ronaldo's almost single-handed dismantling of Sweden served as reminder that in the modern era one man really can change a game.

With that being said there are plenty of other stars out there who are capable of being equally as effective for their national teams, meaning that the enthralling prospect of the 2014 finals takes on an even further heightened status.

Here we look at ten men who are absolutely vital to their team's World Cup efforts in Brazil next year, and the figures who will ultimately likely decide who is named as the best nation on the planet come the tournament's end...

#Franck Ribery
#Lionel Messi
#Cristiano Ronaldo
#Vincent Kompany
#Robin Van Persie
#Wayne Rooney
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