Jamal Musiala is the only player to make the list whose country didn’t make the knockout stage and for a very good reason. The 19-year-old was Germany’s only shining light in an otherwise humiliating World Cup with some dazzling displays proving why he’s one of Europe’s brightest prospects. On the other end of the spectrum is Chelsea outcast Hakim Ziyech, who was out in the cold with Morocco only a few months ago, and he’s lit up the global stage to help his country qualify for the last 16 for the first time since 1986.
Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Cody Gakpo, Breel Embolo
It’s Kylian Mbappe’s tournament to lose at this stage as he’s looked on a different planet to everyone else so far. He would have been frustrated not to start France’s final group game having blown away Denmark and Australia.
Cody Gakpo has also been the shining light for the Netherlands in their bid for World Cup glory, scoring in every group match. And Breel Embolo has led the line for Switzerland with two crucial goals against Serbia and Cameroon to see them qualify for the last 16.