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World Cup Watch: The Galacticos

In anticipation of the World Cup, The Independent is running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa with our World Cup Watch series.

Click here or click the image to launch our guide.

From free-kick takers to WAGs, blasts from the past to the youngsters, we'll have it all covered before things kick-off in Johannesburg.

Here, we bring you the planet's most expensive footballers taking part in South Africa. They may not be the best players, but their huge price tags will give them something extra to prove on the world stage. We also cast our eye over the big money players who won't be there.