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World Cup 2014: Top five emerging stars

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The World Cup is the greatest sporting phenomenon on the planet.

For most who are lucky enough to grace its stage it is the largest experience and challenge of their careers.

However, to some it is an opportunity. An opportunity to showcase to the world their own ability and to be able to make a name for themselves.

And these five have done a better job than most at standing out from the crowed.

DeAndre Yedlin

At the age of 21, DeAndre Yedlin could prove to be the future of both American and world football.

The versatile fullback currently plays his football for Seattle Sounders, in his native US. A team he made his debut for at the age of 19.

He then made his international debut on February 1, 2014, before receiving a shock call up to Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup squad - a tournament in which he made three substitute appearances to help the US progress to the knockout stages, before being knocked out by Belgium in the round of 16.

Despite the USA's elimination from the tournament, Yedlin's performances did not go unnoticed with a host of top European teams including Roma and Napoli readying potential moves. Don't be shocked to see him playing in one of Europe's to flight leagues next year.

Memphis Depay

Memphis announced himself on the international stage by scoring twice in four games for the Netherlands, helping his home country to the semi-final of the World Cup where they were knocked out by Argentina on penalties.

Already a first-team regular with PSV in the Eredivisie, Depay is one of the hottest properties to emerge from Holland in recent years.

At the age of 20 the bombing winger already boasts 60 first-team appearances to his name, scoring 17 goals along the way; and with the likes of Manchester Utd and Real Madrid being touted as potential suitors, the potential from the young Dutch forward is there for all to see.

Serge Aurier 

From RC Lens, to Toulouse, to Ivory Coast international in the space of a year.

Serge Aurier's rise to prominence was capped off this summer when the young full back made his World Cup bow in front of 40,267 in a packed Arena Pernambuco - a match in which the Ivory Coast won 2-1 against Japan.

A result in which he assisted both goals in and although the Afican nation went out in the group phase. Aurier was one of a few positives that could be taken from this World Cup campaign and it is these performances that have seen him been linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester Utd.

Enner Valencia 

A name which few knew of before the start of this World Cup, Enner Valencia proved to be one of the surprise faces at this years tournament, in which he scored all of Ecuador's goals in the group stage despite the South Americans failing to qualify for the  knockout stages.

Currently playing for Pachuca in Mexico, he scored on 18 occasions this season to help his side finish 6th overall. With West Ham said to be close to sealing a deal for the forward within the coming days, many are comparing the situation to that of Javier Hernandez after his impressive showing in the 2010 World Cup for Mexico.

A player that has a record for performing on a consistent basis. West Ham fans could be on the verge of something big.

Divock Origi 

A player that didn't even play on a regular basis for club team LOSC Lille last season, to say it was a shock that he was included in Belgium's squad for the World Cup was an understatement.

Only making his international debut just months before the show piece event of world football, Origi quickly proved his critics wrong by scoring the winning goal against Russia which proved to be the goal that sent Belgium through to the knockout stages.

Strong and athletic, the youngster possesses all the qualities needed to become one of world footballs greatest players and to think all he needed was one opportunity.

With Luis Suarez's departure to FC Barcelona Liverpool are keen to find a replacement with Origi reportedly their top target. All I can say is watch this space.

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