Quite simply, Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet today. His dribbling ability negates any size or strength advantage a defender might have, and his technical acumen is of a standard not seen by any other player this decade. Messi can score from any angle and somehow generates power shots from out of thin air. The only question is if he can translate his success with Barcelona to that of the Argentine squad, but when the lights are shining brightest, he's simply the best man on the pitch.
Alberto Gilardino, Italy
Continuing the tradition of fine Italian strikers, Alberto Gilardino is the pick of the litter for the Azzurri in South Africa this summer. The Fiorentina hitman lost a bit of focus when he joined AC Milan a few years ago, but since his Viola return, his confidence is back with a fury that will have defenders on the backfoot throughout.
Nicolas Anelka, France
While France is loaded with talented strikers, Chelsea hitman Nicolas Anelka has been playing close to his very best this entire season at Stamford Bridge, the perfect foil to Ivory Coast partner Didier Drogba. On current form, no other Les Bleus ace can boast Anelka's finishing consistency, nor his ability to deliver at crucial times in an important match.
Carlos Tevez, Argentina
Carlos 'El Apache' Tevez has a knack for finding net when it matters most - something he proved when he started out with Boca Juniors, continued at West Ham and Man United, and is still doing at the City of Manchester stadium week in and week out. The Argentine ace has a tenacity often unmatched by his opposition which always allows him to get into dangerous positions to score the big goal.
Robin van Persie, Netherlands
One of the best pure strikers in the world, Dutchman Robin van Persie has an instinct for goal that rivals some of the best forwards Holland has ever produced, including one Dennis Bergkamp. His only problem is staying on the field as van Persie is almost always spending more time in the physical therapy room as he is on the pitch. He's rounding back into form now with Arsenal and should be a big threat in South Africa this summer for the Oranje.
Luis Fabiano, Brazil
It's always difficult to select just one Brazilian striker who's at the top of his game, but ever since Luis Fabiano's fantastic Confederations Cup performance in 2009 (Brazil won the title over the United States), the Sevilla ace has become the spearhead of the vaunted Selecao attack. With great service provided from the likes of Kaka, Fabiano is sure to light up the scoreboard early and often in South Africa this summer.
Samuel Eto'o, Cameroon
Power, skill and speed are three of the most common attributes linked with Cameroon superstar Samuel Eto'o. The Inter Milan ace hasn't skipped a beat since his big move from Barcelona in 2009, but it's often with the Indomitable Lions that Eto'o provides his most clinical displays of power football. With deadly accuracy and a fierce shot, expect Eto'o to make some big noise this summer in South Africa.
Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast
Since his move from France to Chelsea many years ago, Didier Drogba has terrorized Premier League defenses each and every year at Stamford Bridge. His form with the Elephants is equally impressive and Drogba still seems to go from strength to strength whenever he finds himself in the opposition's danger zone.
Fernando Torres, Spain
Fernando 'El Nino' Torres is a complete striker with deadly accuracy and the ability to score from anywhere on the pitch. While injuries have hampered much of his past season with Liverpool, Torres' reputation as one of the world's most dangerous marksmen is alive and well.
Wayne Rooney, England
The English bulldog is hoping to overcome a late injury scare to excel at the World Cup, and it would be foolish to be against him. Rooney has been in scintillating form all season long with Manchester United and is poised to be the focal point of England's attack in South Africa.