No. 2 Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portugal
Why he's ranked: Coming off one of his best seasons yet, one in which he pipped longtime rival Messi to FIFA's Ballon d'Or. His record of having scored more than 250 goals in just five seasons for Real Madrid is remarkable and if Portugal are to shine at Brazil 2014, this icon will lead their charge.
Key stat: 2013 Ballon d'Or winner. Portugal's all-time leading scorer with 49 goals (as of May 1, 2014).
What the experts say: "He is the best in the world when it comes to finishing a play. No one can hit the ball better than him." - Gustavo Hofman, ESPN Brasil
"Complete and decisive. The best Portuguese player since Eusebio can make your country dreams in the World Cup." - Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN Brasil
"A perfect mix of skill, technique and physical force. He arrives at the World Cup in stupendous form." - Paulo Cobos, ESPN Brasil
"He won't have great teammates to rely on but has the ability to take Portugal a long way." - Gian Oddi, ESPN Brasil
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