3. Karim Benzema: This French soccer star is one of the best soccer players in the world in 2012 thanks to his impressive goal-scoring abilities and powerful playing style. With 21 soccer goals and 12 assists in the 2011-12 season as a forward for Spain's Real Madrid, Benzema is one of the top international soccer players in the world.
4. Robin van Persie: Dutch player van Persie started his career as a youth soccer star and joined the English team Arsenal as a forward in 2004, becoming captain of the team in 2011. He has played in two FIFA World Cups and scored 143 goals so far in his career, 28 of those in the 2011-12 season.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo: Ronaldo is a top Portuguese soccer player who currently dominates as a striker and winger for Spain's Real Madrid. When Ronaldo left his previous team, Manchester United, he became the most expensive soccer star in the world, commanding $80 million for his trade to Real Madrid. Ronaldo also serves as captain of Portugal's national team.
6. Gerard Piqué: One of the best soccer players of 2012, Piqué currently plays as a defender for FC Barcelona. He is one of only four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams and also plays an integral role on the Spanish national team, securing a victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
7. Emmanuel Adebayor: Adebayor is a top Togolese soccer player currently playing on loan as a forward for Tottenham Hotspur. He has previously been voted African Footballer of the Year, making him the first Togolese player to win.
8. Daniel Van Buyten: Following a 2006 trade from Hamburg, Van Buyten began playing as a defender for German team Bayern München. One of the best Dutch soccer players in the world, Van Buyten also plays the role of emergency striker when needed, making him an extremely versatile player.
9. Edin Dzeko: As Bosnian Footballer of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Dzeko is certainly one of the best soccer players in the world in 2012. Czeko currently plays as a forward for Manchester City and is the first Manchester City player to scored four goals in one Premier League match.
10. Dani Alves: Brazilian defender Alves joined FC Barcelona for €32.5 million, making him the most expensive defender to date. As one of the best soccer players in the world, Alves is certainly worth the investment. He has helped Barcelona secure several Spanish cups and league titles, as well as a FIFA World Cup.
11. Eric Abidal: After a health scare in 2011, Abidal is back as a defender for Barcelona and the French national team and has been an instrumental player in multiple World Cups.