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

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 

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-19u-21 and the senior team.

(CB) Yerry Mina 

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 

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 

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 

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

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 

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 

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

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 

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

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