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With Brazil 2014 drawing near, we suss out those who have sacrificed top wages and the lure of continental football for the sake of more playing time and a national team slot

Ever heard the expression "Money isn't everything"? This overused adage reminds us that money alone cannot determine our happiness. But in the footballing world, the draw of money remains far too enticing for players. Many dream of landing multi-million contracts in top teams and living the life of stardom.

However, with the World Cup drawing near, some are sacrificing their top wages and the lure of continental football - all for the sake of securing more playing time and a place in their national squad.


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