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Tuesday 29 July 2014

The world's best wingers, from Messi to Robinho

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 03: Lionel Messi of Argentina plays the ball during the International Friendly match between Germany and Argentina at the Allianz Arena on March 3, 2010 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
The world's most expensive player is sure to be one of the players to watch at this tournament. His pace and eye for goal make him the most threatening player in the world. He may play a more advanced role for Portugal but the former Manchester United No 7 is at his most devastating cutting in from out wide and running at defenders using his trademark step-overs.
Alexis Sanchez (Chile)
Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez has been dubbed El Nino Maravilla - or The Boy Wonder. He made his debut for the national team at just 17 and now at 21-years-of-age, he's making his first appearance at a World Cup. He's been making a name for himself with Italian outfit Udinese, while spells with Colo Colo in his home nation and River Plate in Argentina haven't done his progress any harm either. Sanchez's great pace and short build make him a difficult proposition for defenders.

Over the last few weeks we've been running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa with our World Cup Watch series.

>>Click on the image to launch our guide.

From free-kick takers to WAGs, blasts from the past to the youngsters, we've just about covered it before things kick-off in Johannesburg.

Today, we take a look at the speedy wingers who'll be tormenting defenders in South Africa.

Source: Independent

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