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 Germanyâ€™s top scorer with five goals and second only to Brazilâ€™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 â€˜Maxiâ€™ 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 Newellâ€™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.