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Madrid Brings Litany Of Stars, Accomplishments

Cristiano Ronaldo - Almost unquestionably one of the two best players in soccer at the moment, the former Ballon d'Or winner is capable of scoring from anywhere on the pitch. His accomplishments include three Premier League trophies, a UEFA Champions League title, and Player of the Year honors from the Portuguese Liga (2006, 2007), UEFA (2008) and FIFA (2008).

Iker Casillas - Considered one of, if not the best, goalkeeper in the world, Casillas has been Madrid's No. 1 keeper since 2000. He was named FIFA's best Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009 and was a vital part of Spain's World Cup Championship in 2010.

Kaká - One of the world's most sublime talents, the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner is a magician with the ball at his feet. The versatile Brazilian's accomplishments include honors as the Champions League Best Midfielder (2005), Best Forward (2007) and the Confederations Cup Golden Ball (2009).

Mesut Özil - One of the world's most promising young players, the 22-year-old is a perpetual offensive threat. Özil joined Madrid last summer on the heels of a standout World Cup and he promises to only get better from here out.

Sergio Ramos - Always a threat to attack up the outside from his right back position, Ramos is among the more exciting defenders in all of soccer. He also played an integral role in Spain's World Cup championship in 2010.

Karim Benzema - The French forward known for his nose for the net, Benzema is one of the more skilled forwards in soccer. With four Ligue 1 titles on his resume, Benzema brings both skill and productivity to Madrid's offense. He scored 26 goals in all competitions this season.

Xabi Alonso - The midfielder was a key cog in Spain's World Cup run and has lived up to his billing as a top-flight distributor at Madrid. The former Liverpool man has a 2005 Champions League title on his resume to go with his World Cup and European Championship gold.

Gonzalo Higuaín - One of a long line of dangerous Argentine strikers, Higuaín made his mark at last summer's World Cup with a hat trick against South Korea. He's coming off a 13-goal season for Madrid in all competitions.

Sami Khedira - One of the standouts of the 2010 World Cup, Khedira, a German international, joined Madrid last summer and has been a mainstay in the Madrid midfield since. A defensive midfielder, Khedira also captained the German under-21 side to a European title.

Emmanuel Adebayor - A physical marvel, the 2008 African Player of the Year has a long history of scoring impressive goals at the highest level. After scoring 62 goals in three and a half seasons with Arsenal followed by a stint with Manchester City, Adebayor joined Madrid mid-season in 2010-2011 and still managed to pour in eight goals in all competitions.

Ángel di María- Another one of soccer's most promising youngsters, di María is a lightning bolt on the wing who strikes fear in opposing defenders. He was named Best Player of the Portuguese Liga in the 2009-2010 season before joining Madrid, where his talents have only been on display further.

Pepe - One of the more fierce defenders in the world, this Portugese international is coming off a sterling 2010-2011 campaign for the Copa Del Rey champs.

Ricardo Carvalho - Long known as one of the steadiest defenders in Europe, Carvalho has a laundry list of championships to his name. His resume includes three Portuguese Liga titles, three Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League title in addition to Madrid's 2011 Copa del Rey trophy.

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