EGYPT Mohamed Aboutrika: 62 caps Age 30 Attacking midfielder, Al-Ahly, 20 goals.
Midfield star Aboutrika comes to the Confederations Cup as more than the current best footballer in Africa.
He is a Cairo University graduate in philosophy, a footballer who rejected a high salary because a team-mate did not get a similar offer, a crusader against hunger, and a man not afraid to express his political beliefs.
He received a caution during the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana when he celebrated a goal by removing his shirt and revealing "sympathise with Gaza" across the T-shirt during the Israeli occupation.
FifA prohibits displaying political slogans during a match, but reported threats of action by the African Football Confederation never materialised.
Aboutrika is a "smiling assassin" on the pitch, a footballer who appears to have an amateur-like love of the game instead of taking part just to earn another massive salary and live in luxury.
While he stresses the role of the team rather than the individual, it is indisputable that Egypt and Cairo club Al-Ahly owe much of their success this decade to the 30-year-old's crucial goals.