He wasn't the flashiest or trickiest player at this World Cup, but Denis Cheryshev was one of its undisputed stars and the perfect symbol of Russia's surprising run all the way to the quarter finals. He'd never scored for Russia before the tournament began but had four goals for the national side by the time it ended.
Funnily enough, the Villarreal winger wasn't even set for a starring role in the side and started the first game on the bench, but came on after an unlucky injury to Alan Dzagoev. From that point on, he shone. He scored two goals in Russia's dominant opening win with Saudi Arabia, adding another in the next game against Egypt.
But the 27-year-old saved the best for last, blasting in a beautiful curling strike to open the scoring of Russia's quarter final clash with Croatia. They couldn't go on to win that game, but Cheryshev played a huge part in their fantastic run and is easily one of the World Cup's best breakout stars.