Every major football competition brings out new stars. Players many have never heard of take the tournament by storm. Others step up and become the stars, while it is not uncommon for some national heroes to fail to meet expectations.
Consider Wayne Rooney at the Euro 2004 or Andrey Arshavin at the Euro 2008 (taking the tournament by storm), Fabio Cannavaro (stepping up and becoming a star) and Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ronaldinho (failing to meet expectations) at the World Cup 2006.
With Nani out of the running due to injury, click to begin the slideshow for a look at the biggest, positive surprises the World Cup 2010 will hold.