As a general rule football player's change whenever it's World Cup year.
Many of them are not content to sit on the bench at their respective clubs and, for the vast majority, the season building up to the sport's most elite competition, usually offers one last chance to stake a claim for a spot in their nation's squad.
Brazil 2014 is no different and as a result it's high time that we assessed the performances of the current crop of stars aiming to reach Rio de Janeiro for the final- with a view to discern who is best prepared to take the world by storm.
With a generous mixture of youth and experience, international pedigree and undetermined class we offer you the top 10 players who could go some way to deciding next year's World Cup.
So here goes; the players who are all set for brilliance next summer...