CAPE TOWN - Teams who focus their World
Cup strategy on big names are a thing of the past, according to
Netherlands striker Robin van Persie.
His Dutch side have reached the semi-final where they take
on Uruguay on Tuesday, while Spain and Germany meet on Wednesday
to decide who will be the other finalist.
But all the so-called 'big' names in world soccer like Wayne
Rooney (England), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi
(Argentina) and Kaka (Brazil) are no longer part of the
Van Persie said on Sunday that you can no longer rely on one
or two players to win the tournament as may have happened in the
"It might have been the situation with Maradona, though he
received a lot of help," Van Persie told reporters. "It is not
as easy to focus as a team on one player.
"Seeing the other teams like us, Germany and Spain, it is
obvious that the team must do it together."
"England and Portugal placed their hope on Rooney and
Ronaldo (and failed) but this is a blessing for football."
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