Coming every four years, the World Cup is inevitably a watershed for football's top stars. A good tournament can assure a player's place in the history books, while an indifference or disappointing competition may leave a stain on one's career that is difficult to remove.
But as ever, the stakes are not equal for the competitors of each of the 32 competing nations in Brazil 2014. Some figures, invariably, have more to lose than others.
The following are people whose reputations could be hanging on the events of June and July, as they strive for a successful World Cup. Be they players, coaches or even politicians, Brazil 2014 arrives with almost unimaginable pressure on their backs.