The 2014/15 campaign is just around the corner and the world's best players are gearing up for another demanding season.
But which players will rise to the top over the next 10 months?
Already classed as one of the finest marksmen in world football, Robert Lewandowski will be playing for German heavyweights Bayern Munich this season.
Despite Dortmund's struggles in the Bundesliga last season, Lewandowski managed to finish as top scorer (20 goals) and impressed many. His brilliant link-up play with Marco Reus is a drawback to his move to Bavaria, however; at the Allianz Arena, he will be serviced by former team-mate Mario Gotze amongst other diminutive play-makers such as Thiago Alacantara.
Furthermore, Lewandowski's link-up play and aerial prowess will be utilised superbly by the creativity and wing play of Bayern's road-runners: Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Expect Lewandowski to score a lot of goals and provide a sharper cutting edge than former target-man Mario Mandzukic.
Spear-heading a team full of World Cup winners and under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, Lewandowski could be a strong contender for the Golden Shoe this season.
Many questioned whether the world's most expensive player would adapt to La Liga and be able to play in tandem with Cristiano Ronaldo. However, last season, the whole of Spain recognised what an excellent talent Gareth Bale is.
Amongst the spectacular and phenomenal goals, Bale's selfless play underpinned by 12 assists in La Liga, was lauded by his team-mates, manager and the media. He was also part of Madrid's triumvirate which managed to score over a century of goals in all competitions - a fantastic achievement and testament to how well Bale has come on as a player.
Having a comprehensive pre-season (unlike last season) alongside the confidence gained from his accomplishments (Copa Del Rey and Champions League winner medals), Bale looks to become even stronger this year. The exciting arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez can only help Bale's game too.
If Bale can stay injury-free, he could definitely be the stand-out performer in world football this season...
Another disappointing World Cup campaign for Wayne Rooney has left people questioning whether he has past his footballing peak, an assertion originally made by former team-mate Paul Scholes.
Nevertheless, every cloud has a silver lining. For Manchester United fans, England failing to make the knock-out stages in Brazil will have meant more rest for the 28-year-old striker.
Also, it is important to remember Rooney has arguably played his best football in club colours when criticism has been rife. After his off-field shenanigans and clashes with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson surfaced, Rooney showed incredible resilience to bounce back and perform to an exceptional standard.
Rooney has something to prove; he has to earn his place in United's team. With less fixtures to contend with this year, a passion to become club captain and all-time top scorer, Rooney will be playing with that tenacity and burning desire which separates him from the rest.
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