With the group stage and round of 16 apparatuses complete, we have taken a gander at who the best-evaluated players at the competition so far are – utilizing evaluations from WhoScored. Just including players who have played at least three games in Qatar – here are the best-performing stars at the World Cup.
1 – Bruno Fernandes: 8.34
The Portugal midfielder has two goals and three assists in Qatar. He was part of the side that breezed into the quarter-finals with a stunning 6-1 win over Switzerland in the last 16.
2 – Kylian Mbappe: 8.33
The Frenchman has five goals and two assists in three starts, his only blank in the tournament came in France’s 1-0 loss to Tunisia when he appeared off the bench.
3 – Lionel Messi: 7.94
In his last World Cup, the PSG forward played a big role in his nation’s run to the semi-finals. He has three goals and one assist while he has averaged over three key passes per game.
4 – Wojciech Szczesny: 7.88
Poland may be out but the ex-Arsenal goalkeeper produced some fine displays in Qatar. He saved two penalties in the group stage as the Eastern European nation reached the last 16.
5 – Bukayo Saka: 7.82
The Arsenal forward has three goals in as many games for England in Qatar. At the age of 21, he looks like a player who has done this plenty of times before.
6 – Cody Gakpo: 7.8
The Netherlands forward has three goals in four appearances as Dutch make up for a lost time after failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament. The 23-year-old almost joined Leeds United in the summer.
7 – Jude Bellingham: 7.72
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is being eyed by numerous top clubs from across Europe and his performances in Qatar will only have increased the asking price. He has one goal and one assist for England.
8 – Jamal Musiala: 7.64
One positive for Germany was the performance of the 19-year-old midfielder. Claimed one assist and averaged 2.7 key passes a game before Germany’s shock exit.
9 – Richarlison: 7.62
The Tottenham Hotspur forward has scored three goals in as many games for Brazil. After a stunning scissor kick against Serbia, he scored another fine goal as Brazil eased past South Korea in the round of 16.
10 – Antoine Griezmann: 7.62
The displays from Mbappe have seen the forward go under the radar. He has one assist and averages just under four key passes a game – could cause England some problems on Saturday.
11 – Casemiro: 7.55
The Manchester United midfielder scored Brazil’s only goal in their group-stage win over Switzerland. Has averaged 2.7 tackles and two interceptions a game.
12 – Mohammed Kudus: 7.53
The 22-year-old scored twice for Ghana as they exited at the group stage.
13 – Frenkie de Jong: 7.49
The Barcelona man has one goal and assists for the Netherlands in Qatar. Has averaged three tackles a game.
14 – Theo Hernandez: 7.49
Has two assists with France while playing down the left-hand side. Has averaged three key passes per game for the reigning champions.
15 – Vinicius Junior: 7.48
The Real Madrid man has one goal and two assists for Brazil, with the South American side in frightening form.
16 – Achraf Hakimi: 7.47
Showed his nerve as he scored the winning penalty for Morocco in their shootout win over Spain on Tuesday, casually chipping the ball down the middle of the goal.
17 – Joao Felix: 7.46
The Portugal star has one goal and two assists in three games with his nation blowing Switzerland away with a 6-1 win on Tuesday night.
18 – Harry Maguire: 7.46
Has justified his inclusion in Qatar, with the ex-Sheffield United and Hull City defender partnering John Stones in the heart of the England defense. The Three Lions have only conceded two goals while keeping three clean sheets.
19 – Harry Kane: 7.46
The Tottenham Hotspur man scored his first goal in England’s 3-0 win over Senegal. The England captain also has three assists