From Toto Schillaci to Michael Owen, footballing names have been catapulted into stardom through one strong World Cup ever since the great Pele first hit the scene in 1958.
In Qatar, young starlets will once again be queueing up to write their names into the annals; here, we take a look at four of the best.
Mohamed Daramy – Denmark
Winger Mohamed Daramy made his national debut at just 19 years old last September, now in possession of four caps as Denmark (5/1 To Reach Semi Finals) look to build on their last-four finish at Euro 2020.
At 20, the Ajax-owned youngster is firmly pushing for a spot in Kasper Hjulmand’s plans – his talent was enough to persuade the Amsterdam side to throw an initial 12million euros at FC Copenhagen for his services last summer, before loaning him back to gain senior experience that will serve him well in Qatar.
Matias Arezo – Uruguay
Turning 20 three days before Uruguay’s (9/4 To Reach Quarter Finals) World Cup opener against South Korea, Matias Arezo is the only player on our list not to currently ply his trade in a top-flight division; the tall striker moved to Granada from River Plate Montevideo in January.
But if the uncapped young attacker can force his way into the squad and harness the kind of form he displayed when he made headlines at the South American U17 Championship in 2019, in which he netted five goals, he is certain to return to LaLiga2 with his stock dramatically increased.
Jude Bellingham – England
Arguably the most recognisable name on this list, Jude Bellingham’s mature performances in Dortmund yellow may well force England (10/3 To Reach The Final) boss Gareth Southgate into handing the 19-year-old a much more pivotal role in Qatar than during a largely bench-based Euro 2020.
In 2022, the midfielder played his 100th Dortmund game.
Karim Adeyemi – Germany
Born to Nigerian and Romanian parents, frontman Karim Adeyemi could follow in the footsteps of Miroslav Klose, Jerome Boateng and Sami Khedira, all of whom won the 2014 World Cup as part of a multicultural Germany side.
The 20-year-old Adeyemi (40/1 Top Goalscorer) has featured four times under Hansi Flick, scoring once against Armenia.