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10 World Cup Stars Who Put Themselves On The Map

Many stars were born at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with some of these players now being linked with the likes of Manchester United and FC Barcelona. Here are 10 footballers who enhanced their reputation on the world's biggest stage!

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see 10 players who put their names on the map in the past month.

The tournament ended with France beating Croatia 4-2 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Sunday night, the perfect climax to an enthralling month of football played at an incredibly high standard.

The World Cup in Russia will be remembered for its unpredictability, as well as for the emergence of many unexpected stars.

England's Harry Maguire was one of those surprise standout players in Russia. The 25-year-old held his own under the spotlight of his nation, and proved many of his doubters wrong. The Leicester City man has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City since his performances in the competition.

Tottenham Hotspurs' Kieran Tripper also announced himself on the international stage with a few top displays for the Three Lions, with many believing he was the best right-back in the tournament.

Mexico's Hirving Lozano proved himself a force to be reckoned with in attack, and has subsequently been linked with LaLiga giants FC Barcelona.

Croatia winger Ante Rebic impressed for his nation right up until the last minute of the World Cup, with his highlight arguably being his volleyed goal against Argentina in the group stages. Colombia and Barca's Yerry Mina is another who arguably became a household name in Russia.

Real Betis left winger Takashi Inui also enhanced his reputation over the past 30 days, as did Russian duo Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev.

Despite the latter having formerly played for Real Madrid, his goals at the tournament earned him many plaudits, while Golovin's displays earned him links with the likes of Barca, Chelsea and Juventus.

Belgium wing-back Thomas Meunier also had a World Cup that might have put him on the radar of many clubs across Europe, especially considering that he is often second choice to Dani Alves at Paris Saint-Germain.

Gallery: France WC Stars Given Hero's Welcome In Open-Top Bus Parade

Finally, one of the players who surprised the most in was France defender Benjamin Pavard. The 22-year-old currently plays for Stuttgart in Germany, but after his performances and that incredible half-volley goal against Argentina in the round of 16, he has been tipped to join Bayern Munich.

Which of these stars impressed you the most in Russia? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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