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Five biggest surprise stars at the 2014 World Cup this summer

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Of course, the World Cup has been dominated by the considerable talents of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller, and other members of the world's elite.

However, the World Cup can also be the place where stars are born, and the following players might just be on the fringe of greatness due to their incredible displays in Brazil this summer.

Guillermo Ochoa - Mexico

Ochoa has had a nearly perfect World Cup. He has been solid throughout, allowing only one goal past him in three group games. However, more impressive than his tournament in its entirety is one game - the match against Brazil.

The 28-year-old free agent was a brick wall for Mexico in a game where Brazil created chance after chance. His heroics made him one of the stories of the tournament so far. 

After bowing out at the last 16 stage following Mexico's 2-1 defeat against Netherlands, the World Cup will be a worse place without Ochoa's brilliance.

Enner Valencia - Ecuador

Ecuador is going out of the World Cup, but at least one man has made his impression on the World Cup. Three goals in three games and a Man of the Match performance has had many scouts looking at the Pachuca (a Mexican club) striker.

Valencia demonstrated a cool head and great finishing skills against Switzerland and Honduras, and, as a result, has several English teams in need of a striker looking his way.

Newcastle have been linked to the Ecuadorian front man, who is valued at £7 million. And should clubs like Tottenham and Everton fail to secure their favoured options, don't be surprised to see an offer for Valencia.

At 24, Valencia seems to have a bright career ahead of him and could potentially terrorise European opposition in the future. 

Daley Blind - Netherlands

Netherlands look like contenders in this year's World Cup. The strategy for much of the competition seems to be running men into the box and relying on quality crosses delivered from the wing.

Considering the quality deliveries from Blind on the left side, it seems to be a pretty good strategy. Blind recorded three assists in the Group Stage and increased his value on the transfer market.

He is exactly what several clubs could be looking for to deliver the final ball. Liverpool and Manchester United have been rumored to be targeting the wide man who gets forward. Don't be surprised to see Blind join his national coach Louis van Gaal at Manchester United next year.

Serge Aurier - Ivory Coast

Serge Aurier has already been linked with a move to Arsenal after a very impressive World Cup. The Toulouse defender doesn't always play on the right (like he does with the Ivory Coast), but when he does, he creates chances.

First impressions stick, and his two assists and MOM performance against Japan showed the full potential of both his attacking and defending ability. Sometimes in France he plays a central role, but English and Italian sides would be interested in his ability to turn a tackle into a counter attack.

Aurier is the overlooked man on the West African side, but he could be the next big name out of the Ivory Coast assuming he gets the big move that he deserves.

Kenneth Omeruo - Nigeria

If the name sounds familiar, it's because Omeruo plays for Championship side Middlesborough (on loan from Chelsea) and was their best defender for the second half of the season. He is confident going into the tackle and has a solid build for a defensive player.

Omeruo could be targeting a role with Chelsea for the upcoming season, or, if nothing else, earn a loan deal that would allow him to play in the Premier League.

Although he has a small sample size, he has been extremely impressive in the games he has featured in and has played every minute of Nigeria's World Cup campaign thus far. At 20, Omeruo has the potential required to be the next great African defender.

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