The World Cup is the biggest platform in football. The greatest players are put to the task of taking their country as far as they can. The same old faces perform in new shirts and dazzle the fans, but sometimes, a few fresh faces surprise the fans and critics all around the world.
Here, we take a look at the eleven fresh players who stood out and awed the fans in the World Cup.
(GK) Cho Hyun-Woo
— ST Sports Desk (@STsportsdesk) June 27, 2018
The Korean stopper made quite a name for himself following his sensational performance against Germany where he made 6 saves to deny the Germans a single goal in the game which South Korea won 2-0. The 26-year-old, who plays for Daegu FC, has surely impressed a number of teams.
(RB) Benjamin Pavard
– 2016: Watching the Euros with his friends in a fan zone in Lille.
– 2018: Winning the 2018 World Cup with France in Russia. pic.twitter.com/iSDKAj0Tj1
— The Futbol Page (@TheFutbolPage) July 17, 2018
One of the hottest prospects in the game right now, Pavard has been indispensable for France, playing 6 matches and scoring a screamer against Argentina. The 22-year-old Stuttgart defender has not lost a single game in French colors playing for the u-19, u-21 and the senior team.
(CB) Yerry Mina
No defender has ever scored more goals at one #WorldCup than Yerry Mina's three ⚽⚽⚽
He features in our 10 players most likely to earn a move after their performances in Russia.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 17, 2018
A standout performer in the World Cup, Yerry Mina, scored 3 goals in 3 matches setting a new record in the World Cup. The 23-year-old Barcelona defender proved his worth on the biggest stage in football.
(CB) Domagoj Vida
Domagoj Vida leads the celebrations with some of Croatia's younger fans. pic.twitter.com/oTdvhx1GWG
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 11, 2018
The 29-year-old defender, Vida, has been consistent at the back and registered a goal and an assist in his 6 matches in the World Cup. The Besiktas player has been linked to multiple teams after his performances in the tournament and might get a well-deserved move to a bigger club.
(LB) Lucas Hernandez
Team of the 2018 #WorldCup
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 16, 2018
The Atletico man was in top form for France in the World Cup. After making his international debut in March 2018, The 22-year-old ended his campaign with the highest number of assists (2) and tackles (16) by any defender.
(DM) Lucas Torreira
A HERO'S WELCOME!
Lucas Torreira returned to his hometown, Fray Bentos for the first time after the World Cup and was received in spectacular fashion by thousands of people. pic.twitter.com/2TRSftYQez
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) July 14, 2018
One of the best performers in the Uruguayan outfit, Torreira, played in all 5 matches for his country and became somewhat of a national hero. The 22-year-old midfielder recently completed a big money move to Premier League giants Arsenal.
(CM) Ruben Loftus-Cheek
With both Golovin & Jorginho coming in for the Blues…
Ruben Loftus-Cheek MAY be available!
How much do you reckon Chelsea would sell him for? pic.twitter.com/IlBdOHgkXs
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 17, 2018
Loftus-Cheek participated in 4 matches for England in the tournament, providing an assist in the process. The 22-year-old has surely impressed his club by his mesmerising dribbling and pinpoint passing and will hope to get an important role at Chelsea or a transfer in the coming season.
(CAM) Aleksandr Golovin
#SquawkaScout: Aleksandr Golovin ☄
🥇 Most chances created for Russia at the World Cup
🥈 Second most tackles won for Russia at the World Cup
The man to complete Sarri's Chelsea midfield? 🔵 pic.twitter.com/gpQR1UtNMw
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 17, 2018
Golovin has impressed everyone since the opening game of the World Cup where he scored a goal and assisted 2. The 22-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder also created the highest number of chances in the tournament. He has been linked with numerous European giant and is bound to complete a move imminently.
(LM) Denis Cheryshev
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 17, 2018
Villarreal‘s Denis Cheryshev was a largely obscure figure ahead in world football of the World Cup. After scoring 4 times in just 303 minutes in the tournament, the 27-year-old winger has attracted plenty of attention from other clubs.
(RM) Ante Rebic
Manchester United are interested in signing Croatia's Ante Rebić. The Eintracht Frankfurt winger would cost around £40m. (Source: Mundo Deportivo) pic.twitter.com/ybCnVRVro4
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 14, 2018
Another obscure player was Frankfurt‘s Ante Rebic who made his statement in the World Cup by performing consistently and industriously. The 24-year-old workhorse has been linked to numerous European giants, one of them being Manchester United.
(CF) Hirving Lozano
#SquawkaScout: Hirving Lozano 💫
🇲🇽 Top scorer in qualifying
🇳🇱 Top scorer for PSV in 2017/18
🇲🇽 World Cup goal vs. Germany
Chucky is a defender's nightmare. 🤡 pic.twitter.com/l9CrAOyAa3
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 11, 2018
The 22-year-old forward was one of the hottest prospects in world football, coming into the World Cup. Lozano has raised his stock as he scored a goal and assisted another in his 4 games for Mexico. The PSV Eindhoven star has attracted a huge number of clubs who are in a race to get his signature.
Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Of The Tournament