Guinness Cup 2013: Ranking Biggest Stars in Real Madrid vs. Chelsea Final
It may not be on the biggest stage in world football, but Wednesday's final of the International Champions Cup, also known as the Guinness Cup, will feature some of the world's best players.
When Real Madrid are involved in any tilt, you know you're bound to see elite talent across the board, even if a few players aren't in action.
The same can be said for Chelsea, who are working their biggest stars hard in the wake of Jose Mourinho's new era in London to see who will make the cut for the next age of Blues football.
Let's take a look at the biggest stars in Wednesday's final.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
There's arguably only one player who could keep Ronaldo from being the biggest star in any match, and he happens to not play for Chelsea.
After Madrid proclaimed that Ronaldo would be offered a contract to make him the highest-paid footballer in the world, his future in Madrid seems nearly certain; and being the international icon he is, he surely wasn't about to miss out on a trip to the United States.
There isn't a more complete player in the sport than Ronaldo, who can rip free kicks as well as he can finish and dribbles past defenders possibly better than anything else. His game in the air is underrated, he has a deadly header and he beats defenders out on the wing effortlessly.
Fueled by a little spat between himself and former boss Mourinho, per The Guardian, Ronaldo will be looking to put the hurt on against Chelsea in Miami to further prove his prowess as perhaps the best footballer in the world.
Look for Ronaldo to score early and often, just like he does in so many La Liga matches.
2. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
There are too many moving parts at Chelsea to figure out with Mourinho's return and the upheaval that will ensue, but one thing is certain: Eden Hazard is the future of Chelsea.
Coming last offseason from Lille, Hazard started off with a bang in his opening few matches with the Blues, before falling off a bit near the end of the 2012-13 season. But his nine goals in 34 total appearances show promise for the future.
Additionally, his playmaking is off the charts, and he does a great job of setting up his teammates in favorable situations.
Hazard gives Chelsea a much-needed attacking presence in the midfield and has a complete game to balance all of it out. They'll go as far as he goes over the next few years.
3. Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid
Much of the talk surrounding Madrid revolves around their attacking players, but don't forget about the new gem of the defense, Sergio Ramos.
With that new hairdo, I don't know how you could forget.
The Spaniard developed into a world-class presence at right-back since arriving in 2005, and his near-decade of experience with Los Blancos bodes well for a club that is always welcoming in new stars and young players.
Ever since moving to centre-back to fill a void, his presence has been amplified as he's able to use his experience to anchor the back of the defense.
Though he works better as right-back, Madrid are nearly unstoppable defensively when Ramos is back there manning the unit.
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