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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 December 2005, 17:45 GMT
World Cup hitmen

Brazilian striker Ronaldo will be taking part in his fourth World Cup finals

The great Ronaldo will be hoping to repeat his 2002 feat of finishing as the leading scorer in the World Cup finals

Argentina striker Hernan Crespo will be suitably assisted from midfield by Juan Roman Riquelme

Can Hernan Crespo fire Argentina into the semi-finals for the first time since 1990 and the Diego Maradona years?

France striker Thierry Henry will be hoping to make up for his disastrous 2002 tournament

Fabulous Frenchman Thierry Henry will be hoping 2006 is his year to finally shine on the biggest stage of all

Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko will be his team's major threat in Germany

Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko has led his country to the finals for the first time and he will pose a massive danger

England striker Wayne Rooney has been backed by Argentine legend Diego Maradona to have a successful World Cup

England sensation Wayne Rooney carries the hopes of a nation on his young shoulders in his second major tournament

Holland striker Ruud van Nistelrooy will be looking to do all his damage in the opposition's penalty area in Germany

Dutch destroyer Ruud van Nistelrooy will be in the hunt for goals as he prepares for his first World Cup finals tournament

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proved his worth at Italian side Juventus with some sensational solo goals

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to dazzle in front of a worldwide audience with his own brand of trickery

Fernando Torres has remained faithful to Atletico Madrid, but a successful World Cup could see him join one of Europe's biggest clubs

Spain striker Fernando Torres could light up his first World Cup finals at the tender age of 22

Didier Drogba is used to scoring on the big stage for Chelsea and will hope to repeat these feats with Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has led his side to their first finals and his presence will be a big threat in Germany

The powerful Australian captain Mark Viduka will be hoping to translate his Premiership goals record into World Cup strikes

Australia striker Mark Viduka will be desperate to make the most of what may be his only chance to play in a World Cup

Mexico striker Jared Borgetti will be hoping his experience with Bolton helps him deliver a successful World Cup for his country

Mexico's Jared Borgetti has a prolific record at international level - but will he be able to do the business in Germany?

Iran targetman Ali Daei has over 100 goals for his country, but has yet to notch in a game at the World Cup finals

Ali Daei has long been the focal point of the Iran side and once more their chances rest on his experienced shoulders




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