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.
The Honduras national football team is better know for Tottenham Hotspur star midfielder Wilson Palacios or Wigan Athletic defender Maynor Figueroa.
However, one of their players, who still plays his football in his homeland, could be set for a big coming out party.
Oscar Garcia plays in the Honduran league for a team called Olympia.
At the age of just 25 he has made over 40 appearances for his country.
Garcia can play anywhere on the right side, and his versatility would make him an assist to many teams.
He preferably plays along the right winger, but he is just as capable to slot into the right full position.
Garcia has been a regular in the Honduras lineup since 2005 and is a certainty to make the final 23.
He is filled with blistering pace and has the ability to take on and go past defenders.
Garcia had a two-week trail with French side Paris Saint Germain but failed to receive a contract.
He was also flown to England by Wigan Athletic but failed to sign a contract and returned home.
Little is expected of Honduras, so their relatively young side can go out and play relaxed football, and with a certain degree of freedom.
Garcia will play in a midfield consisting of strong Premier League talent. Wilson Palacios and Wigan's Hendry Thomas will more than likely make up the centre of midfield which will allow Garcia to advance aggressively on the winger with the ball.
Oscar Garica was twice on the verge of moving to a large European league and he will certainly look at the World Cup as the perfect stage to finally get that contract he has been chasing.
Gokhan Inler will be a name familiar to fans of Italian football. The Swiss international, of Turkish descent, plays his football with Udinese.
He is a hard-nosed, dogged central midfielder. Inler has a good passing range, and can use the ball well after winning possession, unlike most anchoring midfielders.
He was originally turned by Turkish side Fenbachce, who said he was not good enough to play in Turkey.
He spent two years in the Swiss league, playing in over 75 games. He was then snapped up by Italian side Udinese in 2007 and since then he has established himself in the starting 11.
Inler will turn 26 a few days after the World Cup, and he will hope that his is treated to a nice birthday present, be it from Udinese or another club.
Udinese are currently 15th in Serie A and are safe from relegation, but a somewhat poor campaign could tempt teams to try and poach Inler away from them.
There are many teams that come to mind that are in need of a strong, hard central midfield player, and a decent campaign in a Swiss jersey could see Inler turn 26 with a team other than Udinese.
Just 22 years old and Gary Medel has already made 23 appearance for his country.
Chile has a relatively young and inexperienced defense. Gary Medel is one of Chile's younger and most experienced defenders.
Medel currently plays his football with Boca Juniors in the Argentinean league.
At such a tender age Medal has played in over 100 league games already, and is just one goal short of 20, which is a good return from a defensive-minded player.
Medel can play as a defender or defensive midfield and played a big part in Chile's qualifying campaign.
He will definitely be included in the Chile squad for the trip to South Africa, and will more than likely play as well.
Medel tends to play as a defensive midfielder for his club Boca Juniors, but has often lined up in defense for his country.
He is a very versatile players, who loves to get in the thick of it. He just has to ensure that he keeps his head level and does not lunge in and pick up mindless bookings.
He can also travel forward to great effect and knows how to strike a ball well with his right foot.
Due to the fact that Medel will turn just 24 in August and due to his ability to play in multiple positions, he would be a great commodity to any team, and Boca Juniors may be receiving numerous offers in the wake of Chile's World Cup campaign.
Danny Miguel, better known as Danny, spent just four years in Portugal's top league before moving to a cooler climate.
Danny currently plays in Russia for Zenit St. Petersburg. Prior to Zenit, Danny played his football for Dynamo Moscow.
Danny is the most expensive player in Russian football after Zenit forked out €30 million for his services.
He plays primarily in the hole behind the striker, but can be used on the wings as well.
Portugal have an abundance of talented wings with Ronaldo, Nani and Simao all hoping for a place in the starting 11.
Due to Ronaldo's form in the La Liga for Real Madrid, Portugal may play him more so as a striker than a winger which could open up a slight gap for Danny to get into the squad.
Danny found it hard to get regular action in Portugal but since moving to Russia he has participated in over 140 games and has showcased what talent Sporting Lisbon passed up on.
Danny is still relatively young at the age of 26, but very few, if any, teams would be interested to try and lure him away from Zenit considering how much it cost them to get him to St. Petersburg.
If Danny is including in the team pride along with having a will to remain in the team, it will drive him to perform for his country.
He has showed his ability to score, netting one short of 30 in the Russian league and has a thunderous long range shot.
Gervais Yao Kouassi, or simply Gervinho, is bound for great things, and the World Cup could be the perfect stage to launch them if new coach Sven Goran Eriksson can utilize him correctly.
Gervinho can get lost behind the big named strikers that are at Ivory Coast's disposal, such as Chelsea's Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou along with Marseille's Bakari Kone.
If Sven keeps to the model he set as coach of England then it is easy to pick his starting 11. You just pick the players that play at the largest club level.
But if Sven happens to look outside the norm he will find a huge talent wrapped in a small package.
At just 5'10" Gervinho is a small player but he carries a major punch.
He can play anywhere across the front line of the attack. And has pace to burn.
After spending two years with Le Mans, where he played one shy of 60 games, he moved to Lille.
In his first, and so far his only year with Lille, Gervinho has scored 13 goals and sits seventh in the top goalscorers list in Ligue 1.
He has played 13 games for the Ivory Coast so far in his young career and has scored four times.
He has two years remaining in his three-year contract with Lille, and if he is given a chance he could send teams rushing to the phone to contact Lille for his services.
Diego Tardelli may ring a bell to some people. He had a short stint with Spanish side Real Betis and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.
It is very rare that the words underrated are placed anywhere near a Brazilian player, but in this case it is fitting.
Tardelli has had a mixed couple of years; he struggled in Spain but was just 20 at the time, while he was better with PSV the following year.
He then returned home and played with Flamengo but failed to score a single goal for them in the Serie A.
But since his move to Atletico Mineiro he has much improved. In his first year with the club he scored 19 goals in just over 30 games.
Tardelli is a small striker at just 5'10" but has burning pace and a great eye for goal.
He is unlucky in the sense that he has to fight for his position in the side among all the other Brazilian talents but there is a chance he can go to the World Cup, but it is an outside chance.
Adriano is yet again distracted from his football, and Grafite is aging, so Tardelli could slip in alongside Pato and Robinho.
Marek Hamsik, at just the age of 22, is one of the best weapons that Slovakia have.
He is a great two-way player. He plays in central midfield, but is just as comfortable playing slightly ahead of the centre circle.
Despite his youth he is one of the most experienced midfielders that the Slovakia side have at their disposal.
At the tender age of 17 he was brought to Italy by Brescia, where he scored 10 goals in his first season.
He was then bought by Napoli, and since his move he has scored 30 goals in three seasons, 12 of which have come in this year's campaign.
He has played in 30 games for his country and has netted eight times.
Hamsik was runner-up in 2007 for the Slovak footballer of the year, behind Liverpool's Martin Skrtel. In the same year he was named the best young Slovak footballer of the year.
If Hamsik can showcase his talents on the biggest stage in world football Napoli are going to find it increasing hard to keep a hold of their young Slovak playmaker.
Hamsik will turn 23 a few weeks after the World Cup and there are dozens of Champions League clubs who are in desperate need of midfielders who can go both ways comfortably with the ball.
Slovakia don't have an easy group but they have a great chance to go past the group stages, which is where the money is made, not only by the country itself, but by the players hoping for pastures new.
One of the last things people would associate New Zealand with is football, but in recent years they have came on and won the OFC Nations Cup ahead of Australia.
New Zealand will hope they can do better in their second World Cup and at least get a point. Their previous attempt in 1982, they lost all three games.
If New Zealand are to muster up a point from somewhere in the competition if will most likely be with the help of Shane Smeltz.
Smeltz was born in Germany, but declared for New Zealand and he has become their most prolific goalscorer, averaging over a goal every other game.
Smeltz has been bounced around more times than a ping pong ball, having played for 10 different teams in 10 years.
A short spell in the lower leagues of English football ended quite poorly with Halifax, but a year at Wimbledon showed Smeltz could score goals, hitting 26 in 43 games with is a strike rate of 60%.
Smeltz is New Zealand's top goalscorer with 15 goals. His closet rival is Middlesbourgh's Chris Killen.
The 28-year-old Smeltz knows that this could very well be his only chance to enjoy a World Cup and with the New Zealand faithfully harvesting little to no hope the team should be able to enjoy their trip to South Africa.
Smeltz has returned to the A-League and has found his goalscoring touch again hitting 40 goals in his last two seasons.
It is highly doubtful that the New Zealand team will produce anything, but if they do it will more than likely come from the boot or head of Shane Smeltz.
If you were to hear that Paraguay's goalscoring hopes lay on the shoulders of one man, most would say Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz.
But the reality is that Paraguay will rely on Benfica's Oscar Cardozo to lead the line in the World Cup.
When he joined Man City from Blackburn Rovers in the summer Santa Cruz struggled for fitness and a place in the team when fit.
Oscar Cardozo has quietly being going about his business for Benfica.
The Paraguayan leads the Portugese league in goals scored with 24 so far this year, and he has scored a total of 54 leagues goals in three years for Benfica.
He averaged over a goal every other league game. and has 75 goals in total since joining from Newell's Old Boys.
He has helped lead Benfica's attack and his team to back-to-back league titles this year and last.
Cordozo is a target man at 6'4" and has great ball control. Despite his large stature he is quite quick and can run at defenders.
He is also a dead-ball specialist and possesses a ferocious shot.
Benfica will be hoping for their sake that both Cordozo and Paraguay have a poor campaign or that may face tough competition for yet another one of their beaming stars.
Cameroon have a great defensive midfielder in Arsenal's Alexandre Song, so if anything happens to Jean Makoun they are covered.
As good as Song has been this season at the Emirates, Jean Makoun has been that bit better for a few years running now.
Makoun was a major part of the Lille side that caught many eyes and caused many upsets during the '00s.
Makoun is a tough, no-nonsense defensive midfielder.
The 26 year old is the midfield general for the Cameroon side and loves to get stuck into challenges.
He made over 150 league appearances for Lille before moving onto his current club Lyon.
Despite his defensive nature he has the skill to travel forward with the ball and has a great shooting range.
Jean Moukon scored the thunderous goals that knocked Real Madrid out of this year's Champions League.
He is just one goal shy of 10 for his country and has scored seven since joining Lyon.
Lyon are on the cusp of missing the Champions League next season, which could tempt teams after the talent in their squad.
And if Makoun puts in the type of display that he is capable of then he may become a major target for Europe's elite.
A number of big teams are missing a strong defensive anchor in midfield and the 26-year-old could be the missing link.
Japan's young 23-year-old midfielder made his first ever Champions League appearance this season and will topped that this summer by appearing at the World Cup.
Keisuke Honda began his career in the J-League where he made 90 league appearances for Nagoya Grampus Eight.
He was then brought to the Dutch league by VVV-Venlo but only managed half a season in the top flight before being relegated.
He helped them gain promotion with 16 goals from midfield in 2008/09. He scored another six the year after in the Eredivisie before being signing by CSKA Moscow.
He has played in seven league games so far for the Russian side and has scored twice already.
Honda has the ability to play anywhere across the midfield. He has bags of energy and like most Asian football players is a workhorse.
He has energy along with pace and does not shy away from taking on players.
VVV-Velno received a great goal-to-game ratio from the Japanese midfielder. He scored 24 league goals in 68 games which is just over one every three games.
Honda is in the first year of a four-year contract with CSKA Moscow and it would take a jaw-dropping performance from him in the Japan jersey to tempt clubs to try lure him away from CSKA, but there is nothing to say that Honda cannot light up South Africa.
Ibrahim Afellay is most likely to be going to the World Cup, but it is a matter of whether he can get into the first team that is the burning question.
Afellay would most likely be sitting in the wings behind Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben.
Afellay can play anywhere across the front-line, and can use both his left and right foot.
An injury to Robben, who is very prone to injury, or a lack in form of Sneijder or van der Vaart could lead to Afellay being introduced into the mix.
The 24-year-old has spent his entire career at PSV Eindhoven.
Since turning 19 Afellay has been a major part of the PSV line-up. He has played at least 23 games a season for the Dutch side and last year he rewarded their faith with a return of 13 goals.
He is a goal shy of 30 league goals in total.
Afellay participated in PSV's campaign in the Champions League so the pressure of performing on a major football stage should not be an issue.
He has blistering pace and a good range of passing as well as a decent shot from range.
After seven years at PSV he may be looking for some new sights if he can make a good account of himself if given the chance by Bert van Marwijk
Germany were lacking pace and speed under Jurgen Kilnsmann, put that is definitely not that case anymore.
Mesut Ozil has pace to burn and is very versatile, as he can play anywhere across the front-line.
Ozil was one of the highlights from the German Under-21 side that won the European U-21 Championships in 2009.
Ozil made 16 appearances for the German Under-21 side and contributed with five goals.
He was also a part of the Werder Bremen side that won the 2008/09 German Cup and lost in the final of the UEFA Cup in the same year.
He also played apart in the Schalke lineup that came second in the league in the 2006-07 season.
Ozil was born in Germany of Turkish descent but declared for Germany, to the delight of Joachim Low.
Ozil has played 60 league games for Werder Bremen and scored 11 times for the German side.
At the age of 21 he has managed eight national caps and is slowly but surely solidifying his spot in the German lineup.
Ozil's contract with Werder Bremen runs out in 2011 and a strong showing in South Africa could earn him a huge increase, or possible a new location.
Serbia is better known for its rock solid defenders such as Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, but they have some very creative, flashy players as well.
Milos Krasic played in the Russian league since 2004. He is a very important member of the CSKA Moscow team.
The 25-year-old can play on the winger or behind the striker.
With the exception of Inter Milan's Dejan Stankovic, Krasic is the most capped Serbian midfielder.
He has played in over 140 league games for CSKA and has scored over 25 goals while doing so.
In total Krasic has played in over 220 games for the Russian giants.
In last year's campaign Krasic scored over 13 goals for CSKA, nine of which were in the league, the remainder of which were scored in the Champions League.
Krasic played a major part in CSKA's run into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Krasic has great ball control and is at his best when he is running at players and forcing them backwards.
He is generally placed out wide on the right, where he can cause the most trouble and whip in crosses for his towering forwards.
Vidic labeled Krasic as one of the most technically skilled players in the Serbian team and he will get his chance to prove that at the World Cup
When you hear about a hard as nail defensive midfielder breaking up plays and players for Ghana your mind automatically thinks of Chelsea's Michael Essien.
But in South Africa the person you will mostly likely see performing the dirty tasks of the anchor in midfielder will be Anthony Annan.
Essien has missed the majority of Chelsea's season and he is a major injury risk for Ghana.
He may still go to South Africa, but on the surface one would assume that his young understudy will be filling his void.
Annan can play in the centre of the park and work both ways or he can drop back and help cushion the defense.
He is quite small, measuring at just over 5'7" but what he lacks in height he makes up in strength and tenacity.
He has a great range of passing and is very comfortable on the ball. Despite sitting deep he possesses great skill on the ball and can travel forward very easily with possession.
He currently plays his football in Norway for Rosenburg and has played in over 40 leagues games in the two years for the club.
At just 23 he has nearly managed 40 caps for his country and he will be closely monitored by teams with issues in the centre of the field.
If Essien is lost for the World Cup it is a significant blow to Ghana, but Annan will be some level of salvation.
DeMarcus Beasley has had an up-and-down career. At the age of 27 this may be his last decent chance to perform at a high level at the World Cup.
Beasley has come under criticism for not living up to the potential he showed as a younger prospect.
Unluckily for Beasley he emerged at the same time as Landon Donovan and has been kept in his shadow ever since.
In the 2006 World Cup Beasley created the only goal for the USA in the tournament and also scored what would have been a game-winner against Italy, but it was ruled out due to an alleged infringement.
Beasley has showed that he can perform consistently before.
In 2004/05 he performed quite well for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. He played 29 league games and contributed with six goals from the left winger.
The following season he also scored four goals, but his standard was not up to that of the previous year.
He spent a year in the Premier League with Manchester City where his performances were up and down, but he still managed to score three times for the Citizens.
His three-year spell in Scotland has been indifferent to say the least. He began well but was seriously injured and has failed to really return to form since that.
He requested to be sold to try and win a World Cup spot and was gifted with a spell in the team where he performed quite well and he then requested to remain with Rangers.
Beasley is not going to explode onto the scene late for the US but what he can do is offer America a different outlet instead of relying on Donovan and Dempsey.
Beasley has played a major role in winning two Dutch league titles and a dutch cup along with a Scottish Cup.
He also has experience at a Champions League level and World Cup level and could give America a helping hand.
The best possible parting gift Gary Megson could leave Bolton was one of the best Asian talents in football.
At just 21 years old Lee has years of great football ahead of him and after snapping him up for just £2.2 million, they got a bargain.
Lee can operate on either side or in the hole behind the striker. He has great pace, and ability to get his marker.
And despite his small frame, he can grind it out with some of the best. Like most Asian footballers he is a workhorse and never stops running for the cause.
He appeared in 33 of Bolton Wanderers 37 games thus far this year. And helped the cause with four goals.
Lee will turn 22 just before the conclusion of the World Cup and Bolton Wanderers may struggle to keep a hold of him.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle previously announced that he would not prevent any of his players from moving onto bigger clubs.
No group in the World Cup is easy but Korea are sitting in an advantageous group and have every possibility of progressing.
Lee has already made 20 appearances for his country and he will hope that at the World Cup he is given the chance to play in more than just three games for Korea.
The host nations have a heavy load to carry on their shoulders. There has been big expectations laid upon them and they will have to perform much better than in last year's Confederations Cup.
South Africa suffered a dismal Confederations Cup last year and in four games the hosts could only muster up two goals, both of which were scored by Bernard Parker.
Parker helped FC Twente win the Dutch league this year.
He is quite small at 5'7" but is filled with pace and has a great shoot.
His preferred position is upfront, but he can play anywhere along the front-line as his pace allows him to act as a winger.
Parker will want to come out and perform at the World Cup not because he is representing the host nation but because he is currently under investigation by FIFA and the World Cup could be the last football he plays for six months.
The investigation is in relation to a contract infringement, during his move from Red Star Belgrade to FC Twente.
So no matter how well he performs he will not gain any new suitors but he could regain some pride and confidence.
But based on his team's past displays he will be fighting an uphill battle.
24-year-old striker Andre-Pierre Gignac will be full of hope ahead of the World Cup.
France have been struggling for form. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema has been struggling for form and for a first team place this season.
Barcelona's Thierry Henry has been in a similar rut and has struggled this season for both Barcelona and France.
He did however "hand" France their place in the World Cup after his efforts in the knockout stages against Ireland.
Gignac has a good record with France. He has played in 10 games and scored four goals. Just under an average of a goal every other game.
France have a very old front-line with Saha, Henry, Anelka and Govou all being 30 or over.
France also have worries surrounding Sidney Govou and Franck Ribery in relation to child prostitution. Hatem Ben Arfa and Benezema may also be tied up in the situation.
All this means that Gignac may very well make it to South Africa with the French side, but with Raymond Domenech at the helm who knows what twists and turns there will be.
Gignac has been off the mark this year, scoring just five goals in 21 games but the year prior he hit 24 goals in 38 games and has a proven track record of being able to finish.
Carlos Vela has failed to do much with Arsenal in England but he still manages to be an integral part of the Mexico line-up
At just 21 Vela has already played in 23 games and hit the back of the net eight times for Mexico.
Vela is naturally a striker but can shift out on the wing and use his pace and skill to beat full-backs.
Vela picks up the occasional run around in the league for Arsenal but he plays more so in the League cup.
In 12 League Cup games he has scored six times and made five. That is just under an average of a goal scored or created a game.
While on loan at Salamanca in 2006/07 Vela scored eight goals and made 15 in 31 games. That works out at 23 goals made or scored in 31 games at the age of just 18 years old.
While playing for Mexico he has already won the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 2005 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2009.
He also won the golden boot for the FIFA U-17 Championship scoring five times for his country.
There is a question mark over whether he will start or not, but there is no question that he can play and be impressive.
Arsene Wenger may just be hoping that Vela does exactly that at the World Cup and increase his selling valve in the summer.
The 23-year-old striker, Luis Suarez has one of the best goalscoring records in football with Ajax.
Suarez has managed to score 74 times in just 97 games. That works out to be an average of a goal in 76% of his games or a goal-to-game ratio of three goals per four games.
He has managed to score 10 goals for Uruguay in 29 games, an average of just better than a goal in every three games.
This year for Ajax, Suarez has scored 35 goals in 33 games, an average of better than a goal a game.
Suarez scored 17 goals in his first year with Ajax and since then he has scored 22 and 35 per campaign.
Suarez is often shadowed by his striker partner Diego Forlan due to Forlan's time at Manchester United.
The Ajax forward is better playing off the front man but can be just as threatening when played up top alongside someone or alone.
If Suarez is giving the chance to showcase his goalscoring talents he will end up getting a big money move, like his former teammates Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Thoams Vermaelen
Miroslav Stoch has played just four games for Chelsea yet has a league title to his name already.
He played 32 games in FC Twente's title winning campaign. Although Stoch is just 5'6" he is a powerful runners and has a great touch.
He has superb crossing ability and like any good attacking midfielder has great vision and movement off the ball.
Stoch can play on the winger or as an attacking midfielder and at the age of just 20 years old he is a star in the waiting.
Stoch is rumoured to have turned a lot of heads in Holland and PSV is just one of a number of clubs looking into a potential move for the 20 year old.
Chelsea may want to keep a hold of the young talent with their current midfield core growing and with rumours that Joe Cole among others may be playing out their last year at Stamford Bridge.
If Stoch can perform at the World Cup like he has with FC Twente this season then he may finally know where his futures lies, but one thing is for sure he definitely has a bright future.
In a time when dozens of top teams are in need of centre-back help, is there a better setting for a young centre-half to come out and perform than at the World Cup.
Serdar Tasci will be hoping that he can get on the plane to South Africa and be given the chance to perform.
Tasci is another German international of Turkish descent. He plays his club football with Stuttgart and has done so since 2005.
At the age of 23 he has played in over 115 league games for Stuttgart, and he has also scored eight goals for the German side.
Tasci entered the German side in 2008 and since then he has managed 10 appearances.
The centre-half has already won a Bundesliga and he would love to add a World Cup to that.
Serdar can also play at right back if needed and his versatility will mean he will more than likely be brought to South Africa.
He recently extended his contract with his club up to 2014 and it would cost a team if they were to attempt to purchase him.
Serbia develop great defensive talent and Aleksander Kolarov is another name to add to the list.
The Serbian left-back plays his football at Lazio and has since 2007.
He has picked up 81 appearances for the Italian club and cost just a measly €800,000 from OFK Beograd.
Kolarov, strangely for a left-back, wears the No. 11 for Lazio, and since 2008 he has picked up 10 caps for his country.
At 6'1" Kolarov is a tall left-back, which is advantage in dead ball situations and despite his height he possesses a great deal of pace.
Kolarov will go to the World Cup and fight with Ivan Obradovic of Real Zaragoza, who has also picked up 10 appearances for his country, for the left-back position.
Kolarov has three years experience over his fellow countryman and will most probably win the left-back position for the opening game.
Kolarov is a left-back built in the same mold as fellow countryman Ivanovic and there is a shortage of left-backs and a good performances at the World Cup could see Lazio's current left back move to pastures new.
The 24-year-old centre-back plays his football in the La Liga with Villarreal.
He joined Villarreal in 2007 and has played 89 games since and scored four goals.
He has been a part of the Uruguay lineup since 2005 and at the tender age of 24 he has won 36 caps for his country.
Godin stands at 6'1" and is a rock in the defense of Villarreal. He is has showed great maturity and professionalism at a very young age and was made captain of his previous team, Nacional in his first year.
Godin is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and is dominant in the air.
Since making his debut for his country at the age of 19 and since has been a major part of the national team's back four.
Many of the elite teams in Europe are suffering with defense issues and a strong display on the world's biggest stages could see Villarreal struggling to retain his services.
He will go up against Martin Caceres of Barcelona for the centre-back position and Godin will more than likely take it ahead of Caceres, who has spent this year on loan with Juventus.