Launchpad to glory
The World Cup has often been a launchpad for the best young footballers from around the globe. While many of the best youngsters today are under the spotlight even before they play for their countries thanks to their club careers, the World Cup nonetheless is a chance for elevation from merely being among the best to superstardom. And the 2018 edition in Russia was no different. Here are nine players under the age of 24 who impressed us the most.
When the 23man squads were announced, Pavard looked like an interesting pick by Didier Deschamps. Signed by Stuttgart from Lille, his normal position at club level is centreback. With a team whose midfield and attack were more inclined to attacking, Deschamps pushed him out of position to rightback to make the most of his defensive game. His presence helped Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe skip their defensive duties regularly and he even chipped in with a stunning goal — an equaliser against Argentina in the round of 16.