With the sound of millions of African horns buzzing in our ears, the near acceptance is that, yes, game ties are customary. And ladies—a whole roster of cuties added to our list of yes, please—truly, we're beginning to understand what this soccer stuff is all about.
Wow! And here we thought soccer was just a fun grade school activity on the playground. Pssh.
It's a whole lot more than that!
For most of the world, it's a way of life, a way of game, and a way of sport.
Now that we've become quite familiar with our teams, it's time to get acquainted with the players on the field.
A few of them you've heard of. The others, well, you'll soon get to know. They're giving Alex Rodriguez a run for his money, we'll tell you that.
Glam Gals, with the help of Soccer Guru Dylan George, has broken down the best in show.
Let's meet our cuties.
Takin' it to another level on and off the field, these are the boys who score goals.
Lionel Messi, Argentina (Club team: Barcelona)
Most experts think he is the best player in the world today. He won the Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) as the best player in Europe last year in a record margin over runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi had a phenomenal season with Barcelona, scoring a ridiculous 47 goals in 53 games.
His amazing five game, 11 goal stretch included back-to-back hat tricks. And when he gets on a roll, Messi can singlehandedly carry a team.
He is only 5’7” and reminds many people of the greatest Argentine soccer player of all time. Diego Maradona. Maradona is 5’5” and just happens to be Messi's coach in this World Cup.
Wayne Rooney, England (Club team: Manchester United)
Perhaps the greatest pure goal scorer in the world right now, Rooney notched 26 goals in 32 English Premier League games for Manchester United this past season.
Unfortunately, he suffered an ankle injury late in the season, which makes his health questionable (he will definitely play in the World Cup, but might not be at full speed).
England fans believe their team has a real chance to win its first World Cup since their one and only title in 1966 (a long drought for a country that invented “football”).
Rooney’s health will play a huge factor in how far the team goes. His health will be the biggest topic in the London newspapers for the next few weeks.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (Club team: Real Madrid)
He left Manchester United for Real Madrid last summer for a record transfer fee of $132 million. With his wizard ball handling and enormous size, Ronaldo is impossible to defend.
He is also one of the best free kick takers in the world today. Watch closely when a Portuguese player is fouled, because something amazing might happen.
Last year, he replaced David Beckham as the lead model for Emporio Armani men, and he has been romantically linked with Paris Hilton, the fabulous Gemma Atkinson, and most recently, Ms. Kardashian herself.
Fernando Torres, Spain (Club team: Liverpool)
One of the world’s most prolific goal scorers, Torres scored the only goal in the final of Euro 2008 (the European continent tournament) to lead Spain, a perennial underachiever, to its first major international title since 1964.
He teams up with fellow striker David Villa (who recently signed with Spanish giant Barcelona) to form the best goal-scoring tandem in the world.
Torres missed a large part of the English Premier League season with a knee injury, but he swears he will be healthy for the World Cup.
When he is on his game, Torres is a goal-scoring machine and one of the most fun players in the world to watch.
But just like Wayne Rooney, his health will be watched very closely.
Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast (Club team: Chelsea)
Drogba helped lead Chelsea to the English Premier League title this year and was the Premiership’s top scorer with 29 goals.
The reigning winner of the African Footballer of the Year award, he makes the Ivory Coast team go.
Many believe this is the best World Cup team an African nation has ever produced. All of its starters play in the top leagues in Europe, and it is seen as the best hope for an African team to make a deep run in the first World Cup played on African soil.
Unfortunately, the team drew a really tough group (nicknamed the “group of death”), having to match up with Brazil and Portugal.
Landon Donovan, USA (Club team: Los Angeles Galaxy)
God bless the USA!
Donovan is the best soccer player the United States has ever produced. He has dominated Major League Soccer for years, but was also very successful in the best league in the world, the English Premier League, when he was loaned to Everton for 10 weeks.
When the United States made an amazing run to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002, Donovan was outstanding. He scored two goals as a 20-year-old and was named the best young player in the tournament.
However, he didn’t play as well, and the U.S. didn’t win a match, in 2006.
He is playing the best soccer of his life right now, and he is the key to the U.S. team’s fortunes in South Africa.
Keep a close eye out for these cuties. They will not disappoint—either on the field or on the screen.
Stay Fabulous & Ultra Classy,