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Top 10 rising stars to watch at the World Cup!

The 2018 World Cup in Russia could provide the platform for the next Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar to make their name in front of a global audience of billions.

Vodacom Soccer brings you the 10 most exciting young talents to look out for at the World Cup over the next month.

1. Kylian Mbappe (France)

The 180 million Euro-valued PSG youngster is expected by many to become one of the best strikers in the world over the next decade. Expectations are huge, but the 19-year-old has done well enough since leaving Monaco, scoring 13 times in 27 games on loan for PSG.

He's netted four goals in 15 matches for France and now the lightning quick Mbappe has the chance to show the world what he can do by banging in the goals at the World Cup for a team which many are tipping as potential champions.

2. Hirving Lozano (Mexico)

The 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward, who can operate effectively either side of a central striker, smashed in four goals in the qualifiers and was named as one of FIFA's young stars of 2017.

Nicknamed 'El Chucky', Lozano is a fiery character who was in top form in the Eredivisie last season, his 19 goals and 11 assists in 34 games helping his club win the league title.

A brace in a 3-3 draw against Belgium last November further underlined Lozano's vast potential. At international level, he has seven goals in 27 matches for Mexico, and has already gone on to net the winner against Germany.

3. Marcus Rashford (England)

Rashford had a hot-and-cold season with Manchester United last term, not always getting the amount of game-time he would have liked. But he still managed 13 goals for his club in all competitions and has sprung to life for England in friendly games ahead of the World Cup and is now being tipped to start up front just behind Harry Kane.

Still only 20-years-old, the advantage Rashford has over many of the other rising young stars is the considerable experience he already has, both for Manchester United, and for England, for whom he has scored six times in 20 matches.

4. Ousmane Dembele (France)

One of the world's most expensive footballers after leaving Dortmund for Barcelona for an initial fee of 105 million Euros, the 21-year-old's progress in Spain was slowed by injury. But he did manage three goals in 17 matches and now has the opportunity to take his game to the next level on the biggest stage of all. His recent goal against Mamelodi Sundowns showed just how clinical he is in front of goal, on either foot. Skilful and fast, Dembele will be one to keep an eye on in Russia.

5. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia)

The 23-year-old midfielder was in superb form in Serie A with Lazio last season, netting 14 goals for the Rome-based club. Physically imposing, the Spain-born player nicknamed 'Sergeant' has won both the Under-20 World Cup and the Under-19 European Championships. Still largely untested at senior international level, he could be one of the surprise packages though in Russia.

6. Cristian Pavon (Argentina)

Pavon, 22, has scored 15 league goals for Boca Juniors over the last two seasons while playing in a wide attacking position. A player not dissimilar to Angel di Maria, he faces a battle to make it into a star-studded Argentine side, but is highly rated by his national team coach and could just make the difference in a tight game.

Said coach Jorge Sampaoli: 'Cristian is a player who has very special characteristics for communicating with Messi. He goes to space, he is offering all the time and he has an important dynamic'.

7. Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)

Still only 19, the Spain-born full-back (who has Moroccan parents) made his breakthrough at Real Madrid last season, featuring in the Champions League and also making 14 appearances in league and cup. Versatile; Hakimi can play at left or right-back, he made his senior debut for Morocco aged just 17 and such has been his progress at Madrid that former manager Zinedine Zidane was happy to let Danilo sign for Manchester City.

8. Luka Jovic (Serbia)

The Red Star Belgrade product is on the books of Portugal giants Benfica, but spent last season on loan at German side Eintracht Frankfurt. He proved a hit in the Bundesliga, scoring eight times in nine starts and 21 appearances in total. He scored six goals in qualification for Serbia in the UEFA U21 tournament and will now be looking to take that form into the senior side at the World Cup.

9. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)

The Netherlands were hoping to have Ziyech on board, but instead he gave his allegiance to Morocco and could be a key player for the north Africans in Russia. He won the Player of the Season award in Holland after scoring nine goals and providing 15 assists in 34 matches for Ajax. Seven goals in 14 senior appearances for Morocco show just what the 25-year-old attacking midfielder is capable of.

10. Trezeguet (Egypt)

Mahmoud Hassan goes by the name of Trezeguet, a reference to his resemblance to the former French striker. He was shipped out on loan by Belgium side Anderlecht to Turkish team Kasimpasa last season and excelled with 13 goals in 31 league appearances.

With the focus on Mohamed Salah, the 23-year-old Trezeguet may get the time and space he needs in Russia to show his full array of qualitiy, although he will be looking to improve on a goal return of three in 24 senior internationals for the Pharaohs.