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50 players to watch at the World Cup - No 33 Klaas Jan Huntelaar

27 Apr 2010 10:06:24

50 players to watch at the World Cup - No 33 Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Robbie Blakeley continues the World Cup countdown with a look at Dutch hotshot Klass Jan Huntelaar

Name: Klaas Jan Huntelaar
Age: 26
Club: AC Milan
International Caps: 30
International Goals: 15

Nicknamed 'The Hunter' for a reason, the 26 year old has been a prolific finisher throughout his career to date. Bayern coach Louis van Gaal even went as far to say Huntelaar was "in the penalty area, the best player in the world, bar none."

A stunning record of 76 goals in 92 league games for Ajax earned the striker a move to Real Madrid in January 2009, where life didn't go according to plan when he was left out of their Champions League squad.


Moved onto AC Milan last summer, where coach Leonardo surprisingly employs Huntelaar more often as a substitute. Manchester United and Tottenham are said to be waiting in the wings to rescue the Dutch star from his Italian exile.

Huntelaar's international scoring record is second to none, and in a group that contains Denmark, Japan and Cameroon, Holland will be hoping his goals can fire them into the later stages of this summer's tournament.

THE STORY SO FAR...
No 34: Ryan Nelsen
No 35: Tranquilo Barnetta
No 36: Jozy Altidore

No 37: Robert Koren
No 38: Teko Modise
No 39: Simon Kjaer
No 40: Jong Tae-Se
No 41: Nadir Belhadj

No 42: Roque Santa Cruz

No 43: Park Ji-Sung

No 44: Nikola Zigic
No 45: Yaya Toure
No 46: Angelos Charisteas
No 47: Keisuke Honda
No 48: Hugo Lloris
No 49: Mario Gomez
No 50: Guiseppe Rossi



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