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The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is a momentous event – as the first ever World Cup held on African soil, it has the potential to reshape global perceptions of an entire continent and rekindle hope in millions of people.

It also serves as the long-overdue recognition of Africa’s enormous contribution to modern football (read:soccer) and as such is one of the most historically significant sporting events of the last several decades.

In celebration of African football, The Atlanta Post has compiled a list of eight of the highest paid and most prominent football players of African heritage, whose drive and dedication to the sport have made the 2010 World Cup in South Africa possible.

See who the ballers are in soccer after the break. [More]

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