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The reigning champions retained their crown. Goal.com's Sulmaan Ahmad picks their five most outstanding players, nominates his best and invites you to do the same...

Felipe Melo: One of the finds of the season, the tireless centre midfielder was outstanding with Almeria, smartly signed by Fiorentina and capped his breakthrough year by looking three times the player than the ageing great, Gilberto Silva, who partnered him in the middle of the park.

Though fatigue showed in the semi-final against South Africa, he generally looked like one of Dunga's safest bets to fight for every ball and look to make opponents' lives miserable once he got it. The Champions League awaits for this midfield general in the making.

Kaka: Not even the fanfare and seemingly unrelenting weight of expectation of a €67 million transfer from his beloved Milan to Real Madrid could take the No. 10's mind off the job he had to do for his country. His was not sensational in the tournament, but he regularly looked Brazil's most consistently dangerous attacking player, whether the team around him was clicking or not.

He was voted by FIFA as the Player of the Tournament - perhaps that would be one accolade too far - but he certainly didn't disappoint, either. If he can take this momentum to the Bernabeu in a month's time then Florentino Perez will be a very happy man.

Lucio: There were moments in the 4-3 thriller against Egypt, as well as in the first half of the final, when Brazil's star centre-back looked all at sea, but that proved to be nothing more than the exception to his otherwise commanding rule over the South Africa showpiece.

Not only did he dominate in a defensive capacity, but the class and confidence with which he continually brought the ball out from the back and, as a defender, looked one of the most skilful Brazilians on the pitch, was nothing if not highly impressive. Perhaps one of the most regularly overlooked world class defenders in the game, but rewarded well by his country, wearing the captain's armband and being the first to lift the trophy after heading home a thrilling winner in the final.

Luis Fabiano: Once upon a time, somebody either incredibly stupid or sarcastic remarked that goals win games, and it has been a phrase repeated ad infinitum ever since, by people wishing they were more insightful.

There can be no doubt that while the Sevilla star's all-round play, for a Brazilian, is perhaps underwhelming, and adding to that, the fact he is not even a Ruud van Nistelrooy-level banker when through on goal is cause for a little concern amongst many Selecao supporters.

What matters more - for now, at least, - is that he continues to be Brazil's banker for big goals, game after game. He keeps Dunga happy, and Brazil unbeaten. Finishing top scorer in the competition and scoring a priceless brace in the final summed up everything he offers when his head is in the right place. A very similar player to Samuel Eto'o - all he needs is a similar platform in order to show it every week.

Ramires: Perhaps the find of the tournament, as one of Dunga's domestic selections that finally came good. The 22-year-old, who is signing for Benfica, played with a good balance of defence and attack and showed impressive awareness both on and off the ball.

Once fatigue took effect towards the end of the tournament, and the mystery factor was eliminated as his style became more familiar to the opposition, his impact was limited, but it nevertheless proved a breakthrough tournament for an exciting talent.

Brazil's Player of the Tournament for the 2009 Confederations Cup: Luis Fabiano

Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com

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