The World Cup is often the ideal stage for young stars to announce themselves and this year was no different, with a number of starlets shining.
3. Divock Origi
A relative unknown going into the tournament, Origi strung together some excellent substitute appearances - notching a goal - and earned himself starts ahead of Romuelu Lukaku against USA and Argentina.
With pace, strength and fantastic movement in the box, Origi is almost the carbon copy of Lukaku and Belgium manager Marc Wilmots now has another excellent striker to add to
his already stunning attacking unit.
While Origi may have been an unknown carrying very little pressure coming into the tournament, the same cannot be said about Neymar. He was always expected to carry Brazil and he did so for as long as he could.
Quick, agile and with trickery others can’t even dream about, he is the typical Brazilian number 10. His ability doesn’t end there though, as he knocked in four goals and showed his natural leadership on the park.
Sadly, Neymar's World Cup was ended prematurely when he fractured his vertebra. The Brazilian attack looked lifeless without the 22-year-old, showcased in their 7-1 humiliation against Germany.
1. James Rodriguez
Rodriguez’s phenomenal form didn’t stop at the end of his first season at Monaco, it
carried on and proved vital in getting Colombia to the quarter-final.
With six goals and five assists in five matches, the former Porto player showed the world why he is set to become one of the best. While he may not of been a household name going into
the tournament, he certainly was after he cracked home a ferocious volley from
25 yards against Uruguay.