20 World Football Players to Watch in 2013

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20 World Football Players to Watch in 2013
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With 2012 coming to an end, it is time to put the past year in our memory banks and look forward to what will happen in 2013. 

In the world of football, there were plenty of players who stepped into the spotlight in 2012 including Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba and Robin van Persie.

Now, as we enter the final week of 2012, it is time to look ahead to the players who are expected to step into that same spotlight in 2013.

The players chosen for this list are a mix of veterans who are finally getting the respect they deserve and young stars who are finding their own on the world stage. 

Another factor used in putting this together is the superstar potential that each of these 20 players possess.

They may not become the next Messi or Ronaldo, but some of the players on this list have the talent to become a household name for years to come. 

After consulting with some of the great world football staff here at Bleacher Report who cover the game all around the world, here is my complete list of the 20 players to watch in 2013. 

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