These players have the potential to have that one big year that leads to them becoming consistent stars in the world game.
Some have been touted as top talents with great potential but they have yet to fully show it. Others have recently moved or will soon move to a much more demanding league and with that their reputation could increase.
Other players have just begun their stardom at the highest level and may not have had many chances to show their true worth.
These players play for the biggest teams and in the biggest leagues in the world.
Here are some potential breakout players for 2012.