Assuming you submitted the first vote, we both agree that Ronaldinho will be the star for us. The other potentials have already proven themselves on the international stage with the exception of Kaka. Luizao and Edilson, while they may (and hopefully will) play well, will not be outstanding.
A better question may be who will disappoint? I vote Marcos. Now since that may not be a shocker, here's my second choice: Rivaldo.
Rivaldo is the obvious choice but I think that both Ronaldinho and Ronaldo will play very well but the most important is Rivaldo and he really wants to show the people that he is the best that there is...Like he alwaysb ha done for Barca...
Ronaldinho will shine and become even bigger than Ronaldo eventually...
Ronaldo will be the brightest star IMO, since his preparation has just recently begun - his form will be on the rise, while the other players will have gone through an entire season. Professional soccer physios have pointed out that this may be an advantage for R9.
Ronaldinho Gaucho and Roberto Carlos are other players I'm gonna keep my eye on. The Real Madrid leftback seems particularly motivated, and this man is a compulsive trophy-winner.
I've got my money on Ronaldinho Gaucho. Ronaldinho has impressed me at PSG but he is always determined & motivated when he steps on the pitch to play for the Selecao and it's amazing the way he performs for a 21 year old, well now he's a 22 year old. He's gonna shine and i can just imagine how many teams will be after him when he works his magic to bring the Penta back home to Brazil. roud:
Ronaldinho was also so happy when he got re-called by Big Phil and i've known this kid since the beggining of his debut with Brazil and he scored that wonderful goal in the Copa America '99 against Venezuela, what a player! :star:
Set piece(s). He will show why the lads in Spain, even those in the Champions, always make sure their hands are tightly crossed and their arms are doubly strong when protecting that certain spot. I saw a defender of the set piece from Chile who still must have bells ringing in his head. They should put a radar gun on his set shots; I'm sure he gets it close to Guga's speed of serve.
In the early semi-finals he will fatally distract Chilavert, take a spit, and put Brasil beyond Paraguay.
Anybody seen a preview of the soccer advertisement for WC 2004, the one where the losers are tossed off the boat? Other than Ronaldo, the quickest recognizable face is of course Denilson. The guy may not be in the starting 11 but his face is the favorite of those guys that put together these television spots.
Roberto Carlos will be one of the key players to our team but I don't think our offensive wingers will be the main reason if we succeed in the World Cup. Our succesfull attacking style is gonna come of Ronaldinho & Rivaldo if you ask me and offcourse Denilson coming on. We're gonna be listed to play 3-5-2 but at some point in the game i can guarentee Rivaldo will play behind Ronaldo and ROnaldinho might even play as a support striker at some time because he is capable of playing that role aswell, very versitile player that Gaucho is.
Anyways, Cafu & Carlos will both be a key part of the squad but not gonna shine as much as Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, if we want to win.
Could only squeeze a one hour lunch out of work today; therefore saw only the first half from Glascow. But for Real, I would have to say RC was BIG in its two goals. First a brilliantly timed throw in with just enough pace and Raul tipped it in. Then, fed into the corner but with a Leverkusen all over him, RC flips an oval backwards and Zidane absolutely blasts his way in.
RC may not score a goal, but his soccer smarts and ability with the ball will prove decisive. Just as long as there is no Denmark against whom a bicycle kick seems in order he will do just fine.
OK. I've never said Rivaldo would shine more then Ronaldo, the point I am trying to get to is that if we want to be sucesfull Rivaldo & Ronaldinho Gaucho will be the key to that with the attacking midfeild switches and those nice 1-2 combo passes.
Please re-read my post. Because, the only time i said Rivaldo would shine more then someone is to say he'd be more key to sucess then the two defensive wingers like Cafu & Roberto Carlos in responce to Doug's comments about R. Carlos.