Name: Karim Benzema
Date of Birth: December 19, 1987
Like the legendary Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema, too, is of Algerian descent. Having enjoyed one of his best seasons with Real Madrid in a campaign that saw him score 24 goals and earn his side the coveted 'La Decima', the 26-year-old heads to Brazil in prime fitness and form. Having made his international start with the youth side at the Under-16 level, Benzema has gone onto represent France at two Euro championships. He also drew flak when Raymond Domenech left him out of the 2010 World Cup squad due to his alleged involvement in a sex scandal. His form for the international side also deteriorated. At one point, he went 1,222 minutes without scoring (June 2012-October 2013). On the back of a successful league campaign and after having to watch the 2010 World Cup debacle on television, Benzema now has the chance to gain some kind of revenge in Brazil.