2014 World Cup: Uruguay's Top 5 Players

By Douglas Smith

2014 World Cup: Uruguay's Top 5 Players

5 Best Uruguayan Players
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Uruguay have high hopes at the World Cup and most of that will fall on their striker corps. It could be the best tandem in Brazil. This is a veteran-laden squad that includes the best player of the 2010 World Cup, Diego Forlan. However, he is expected to start on the bench with hopes he can contribute as a substitute. Uruguay will be strong down the middle with these five players on the field.

5. Cristian Rodriguez

Cristian Rodriguez
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5. Cristian Rodriguez

Cristian Rodriguez
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Cristian Rodriguez is part of the surging Atletico Madrid team that is on its way to a La Liga title and still alive in the Champions League. He is a defensive-minded midfielder who has primarily been used as a substitute in Spain. He did score one goal in his six appearances during World Cup qualifiers. His record in drawing fouls is good and he is very disciplined in defending.

4. Diego Lugano

Diego Lugano
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4. Diego Lugano

Diego Lugano
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The captain of Uruguay will be a mainstay across the back line. He has not been getting a lot of playing time at West Brom, but will still be relied upon by his country. Lugano started 11 matches during World Cup qualifying, but brings the team together in a way that is worthy of being named captain.

3. Martin Caceres

Martin Caceres
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3. Martin Caceres

Martin Caceres
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Martin Caceres was called up to the 2010 World Cup as a backup, but seems likely to get a chance to start. He plays mainly as a central defender but may be asked to play on the left in this year's World Cup. Caceres has 15 appearances for Juventus in Serie A this year, but has played in 37 matches in all competitions. He is best known for his ability to pass out of the back line and escape tight situations.

2. Edinson Cavani

Edison Cavani
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2. Edinson Cavani

Edison Cavani
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Edinson Cavani is part of the dynamic striker tandem that will be expected to score and create chances when it doesn't look like one is available. Cavani has steadily improved after starting in the league in his home country. He plays a powerful style and has the ability to hold on to the ball for his teammates. He has appeared in 29 matches for Paris Saint-Germain this year, scoring 16 goals on 91 shots.

1. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
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1. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
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Luis Suarez may be the best footballer in the world right now and was just named the Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association. He has 30 goals in the Premier League this season, leading Liverpool to the top of the table. While they are locked in a battle, it is the play of Suarez that has lifted the entire squad. He scored 11 goals in the 13 World Cup qualifiers that he featured in and deserves any accolades he receives.

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