Part of the fun of the World Cup is seeing all of these wonderful athletes from countries all over the world competing passionately in the Beautiful Game.
But admit it, you've never seen most of these guys before and you wouldn't be able to pick them out of a lineup if it weren't for their shin guards, their skintight jerseys and their propensity for falling and rolling on the ground clutching their ankles while screaming bloody murder.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the top 30 competitors in the 2010 World Cup who have probably been confused for well-known celebrities.
His team scores goals even when it goes into a defensive shell.
He once tried to lose a game, just to see how it feels.
His ... ahem ... exploits put Casanova, James Bond and Ron Burgundy to shame.
He is the most interesting man in the world.
"I don't always drink beer," says legendary player and current Argentina coach Diego Maradona, "but when I do, I prefer to drink it straight out of the World Cup trophy."
"It's alive! It's alive!"
No, it's not cool to make fun of Ribery for the childhood accident that resulted in serious facial injuries, over 100 stitches and two big scars on the right side of his face.
But c'mon. He's a little odd looking.
The Mexican midfielder played in two of Mexico's first-round contests, picking up a yellow card in each match.
But like Sideshow Bob played sidekick to Krusty the Clown, Juarez typically plays on the wing while Rafa Marquez mans the middle.
No, he's not from Staten Island, and it's safe to say he hasn't spent much time on the Jersey Shore with Snooki, but the Dutch midfielder's hair bears a striking resemblance.
Not many fans knew the name of the now infamous referee whose phantom call (offside? foul? just tell us!) that waved off a Maurice Edu goal nearly cost the U.S.A. a spot in the knockout stage. But now, his face is the symbol of the poor refereeing that's plagued the World Cup.
Still, you have to admit he's a dead ringer for actor Lance Reddick, who has played terrific roles on shows like Alias, Lost and Fringe.
The U.S. attacking midfielder and the Grammy Award-winning rapper don't just look alike. Dempsey has actually done a bit of rhyming himself.
Forlan's wavy blonde hair -- not to mention his propensity for scoring goals -- makes the Uruguayan striker a dead ringer for outspoken former NHLer Jeremy Roenick.
To give credit where it's due, this similarity was pointed out by someone in the B/R office because both Forlan and Roenick look like a certain member of the staff.
Yes, Green will forever be known for the "howler" of a goal he allowed against the U.S. in England's first match in South Africa. But on the positive side, he once dated this woman.
Similarly, he looks a heck of a lot like American tennis star Andy Roddick, who is married to this woman.
In other words, life could be a lot worse.
Don't get me wrong, Kuyt is a talented scorer for the Oranje. But between his hair, the goofy look on his face and the oranje-ish hue of his skin, it seemed like a no-brainer.
No word on how Kuyt feels about Baby Ruths, but "Dirk ... love ... Chunk."
The speedy England winger bears a striking resemblance to Eddie Murphy circa the early 1980s.
Thankfully, we have no idea what Wright-Phillips looks like in a red, skintight Michael Jackson suit.
Not sure he can sing a lick of Huey Lewis, but the graying Frenchman certainly didn't have perfect pitch in the midfield of Les Bleus. He needed just a bit more "soul patrol" to help his team advance out of the group stage.
Talk about separated at birth!
The uber-skilled Spanish midfielder and the Brooklyn-born stand-up comedian not only look alike, but they're also best known for their delivery: Iniesta for his slick passes and Gottfriend for his jokes.
Wonder what Gottfried's ridiculous voice would sound like with a Spanish accent.
Ghana's starting goalkeeper played well in helping the 2-0-1 Black Stars into the knockout round against the USA.
But does he pack the punch of the 41-0 Mayweather who's one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world?
At least Kingson wouldn't duck a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Speaking of musicians, I'm not sure who's been around longer, guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith or Puyol, the Spanish defender.
Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yay, this veteran Nigeria striker's in the mother-grabbin' houuuuuuuse!
This one seriously made me do a double-take.
Heskey could easily have passed for the 6-foot-5, deep-voiced Todd in playing his roles in Candyman, Platoon and The Rock.
By the same token, though, Heskey -- a post-up Aston Villa striker probably best known for not scoring many goals -- played more like the 55-year-old Todd in his three first-round appearances for England.
The stalwart midfielder for the Portuguese World Cup side bears a striking resemblance to Nestor Carbonell, who played the ageless Richard Alpert on Lost.
According to FIFA.com, "Mendes, an unsung hero of the Portugal squad, specialises in hard graft, often sacrificing himself so that others around him can express themselves." Remind you of anyone on Lost?
Brazil's No. 1 goalkeeper has played well so far in South Africa, making eight saves in three wins for the Samba Kings.
But can he save the cheerleader? Can he save the world?
Believe it or not, I've watched more of Lugano's exploits in the Uruguayan defense than I've watched The Mentalist. Admit it, you've never watched that show either.
And Lugano's headed to the quarterfinals, as La Celeste topped South Korea in their first knockout stage tilt.
This Slovenian striker scored a vital goal in clinching his country a spot in South Africa, but can he talk like a goat?
"Don't you know you're talking about a revolution.
It sounds like a whisper."
Sadly, Cameroon's Song, who plies his trade for Arsenal in the English Premier League, couldn't pull off a revolution in South Africa, losing three straight in Group E.
Milner was a surprise entry in the English starting lineup against the USA, but he was substituted in the 31st minute.
Maybe if he had just a little more muscle ... or a knife tattoo spanning his entire chest.
Wow, apologies to this rising star of the Slovenian national side, but he does bear a striking resemblance to Martin Short's classic nerdy character, I must say.
Sabillon is a defender from Honduras.
Goldblum is a Pittsburgh-area native who starred in such films as The Fly and Jurassic Park.
Mexico's starting keeper has been solid in getting El Tri past the group stage, but could he handle Tony Kornheiser?
Regardless, the bald pate and the goatee make for a similar look to the PTI co-host.
Tevez is a talented and spirited striker from Argentina who plays for Manchester City in England.
But he could easily pass for Trejo, an experienced character actor/tough guy you might remember from movies like Heat, From Dusk Till Dawn and Con Air.
Between the short, weird haircut, the tattoos and the facial scruff, the Portuguese midfielder could definitely pass for this alternative musician.
The 27-year-old Cameroon midfielder bowed out early from the World Cup, but will he be "Gone Till November"?
OK, these two might not look that much alike, but you have to admit that the German defender's eyebrows don't seem to match his hair. It's almost like a photo from a fake ID.
I couldn't think of a single celebrity lookalike for this shot of the 34-year-old Cameroonian defender. But I just couldn't leave out this photo.
As if the dreadlocks and goatee weren't exciting enough, but you've got to go and dye it all blonde? Well done, sir.
I didn't realize the leader-of-a-religious-cult look was still en vogue.
Either that, or he's the new lead singer of Spin Doctors.