The 2018 FIFA World Cup came to a thrilling conclusion with one of the highest-scoring finals of all time. In fact, not since England's glorious triumph in 1966 has a World Cup final seen so many goals, and the last match was a fitting end to one of the more exciting and unpredictable tournaments of recent memory.
Before the big event got underway, fans eagerly awaited the appearances of the game's superstars, predicting great things for the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi. But, like with any major tournament, the 2018 World Cup didn't go quite to plan. The big trio all managed to score, with Ronaldo having a particularly brilliant opening match, but none of them turned out to be the real stars of the show.
Instead, a few youngsters, a few lesser-known players, and a few overlooked stars set themselves apart as the very best players of this World Cup. Some of them didn't get as far as they might have liked, but they can all look back at this tournament with pride, having done their countries proud and led by example with some fantastic performances all the way through.