32 teams, 16 of which will earn at least $9 million, eight groups, four years of waiting, two years of intense qualification, and only one winner.
The magic of the World Cup is just over a month away and the hope of 32 nations lay on the shoulders of just 23 men bearing the nation's colours.
The overall winner of the tournament is set to rake in $30 million, along with having the honour of calling themselves World Champions of football until 2014.
It is a privilege for each and every footballer to walk out sporting their nation's colours at the biggest sporting event in the world.
Not only is it a moment of pride for the player to represent their country but it is also a time for them to showcase their skills and open millions of eyes to their talents, including major clubs.
Their is no better tournament for a player to prove his talent and worth than at the most important event in football.
With over 700 players set to attend the World Cup in South Africa it takes a special piece of talent, and an extraordinary player to turn heads.
The following is a list of underrated players that will be hoping to open some eyes, turn some heads and possible sign a new deal or contract when they return from South Africa.