The 2010 FIFA World Cup has been one of tense football, passionate fans, and vuvuzelas.
But what has really stood out in the first week of this year's competition has been the inability of the world's best national football teams to break down lesser opposition.
In the very first match, South Africa managed to draw against Mexico, a team ranked 66 places above them. Thus followed defeats for Spain, France, and Germany at the hands of Switzerland, Mexico, and Serbia, respectively.
These unforeseen scorelines have been due to several reasons: teams failing to gel, the inability of star players to perform under pressure, and the rise of less prominent footballers.
In this slideshow I summarize the best players of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, taking into account their individual performances (based on Man of the Match nominations, press ratings, and the Castrol Index) and the fate of their teams.