I know this board has a lot of Soccer fans, so this ought to be a good read for you or for others who want to learn a little about the sport and its players prior to this Summer's World Cup.
Bios for the best 50 players in the world (according to ESPN).
Of note -- Messi is number one. No surprise, the man (he's only 22), is just a magician. Not since Maradona have I seen a player like him.
Spain - 9 players in the top 40. Wonder who the favorites are going to be this year.
Donovan -- comes in at number 50. Great player, but I'm guessing this was a little US bias to get one in the top 50.