World Football: Ranking the Top 25 Surprise Stars of 2010

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World Football: Ranking the Top 25 Surprise Stars of 2010
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2010 has been a year of surprises if anything.

Barcelona were eliminated in the Champion's League by Inter, heavy favorites Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup by the Netherlands, Uruguay made an impressive run to the semifinals, and more recently Barcelona thrashed a new look Real Madrid 5-0 in El Classico. The list could go on and on.

With these surprising events and feats came surprising players, players who broke into the spotlight with their great performances and started to earn themselves a name in world football.

With that said, I think it's time to look back on some of the players who did so in 2010 and will hopefully go far in 2011, players who have impressed for club or country or both.

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