Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Miroslav Klose exploded onto the world stage as if from nowhere at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. The rookie striker bagged a hat-trick as Germany ran out 8-0 winners over Saudi Arabia, gaining instant worldwide fame. The then 24-year-old went on to become one of the shooting stars of the tournament, finishing as Germany’s top scorer with five goals and second only to Brazil’s Ronaldo in the final standings. Blessed with exceptional aerial ability, the tournament marked an international breakthrough for the young forward.

Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina)

Maximiliano ‘Maxi’ Rodriguez was an important player for Argentina in their successful 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship campaign, scoring four goals, including one in the final. He started his career at Newell’s Old Boys, moved to Real Zaragoza in Spain and then switched to Espanyol. Maxi, who can play as a forward or an attacking midfielder, played in his first World Cup qualifier as a substitute in a 4-2 win over Uruguay in 2004. A year later he featured for Argentina at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. He joined his current club, Atletico Madrid, that same summer.