While England fans dare to dream, the World Cup 2018 final is edging closer each day.
However, aside from the fact he failed to inspire Brazil to beyond the last eight, the 26-year-old has also been heavily criticised for his theatrics at this summer's showpiece global tournament in Russian Federation. The Brazilian public expected World Cup glory, despite what happened four years ago, and the onus was on Neymar to deliver it.
Belgium have scored against CONMEBOL opposition for the first time in a World Cup game in 28 years, having last done so in the course of a 3-1 win over Uruguay in the 1990 World Cup's group stages. After its 7-1 humiliation by Germany in the 2014 semifinals, Brazil was knocked out even earlier this time, losing 2-1 to Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Neymar's wingman at Paris Saint-Germain, in Russia Mbappe has underlined his reputation as one of the most exciting players on the planet and performed as France's most potent attacking threat. France have always been a footballing stronghold but as we have seen in this World Cup, reputation precedes determination.
The Real Madrid defender said winning the 2018 World Cup would not be easy, in a tournament where "there are no favourites" since "all the remaining teams are strong".
Arguably shackled by a deep-lying role in midfield during Belgium's first four games, De Bruyne was unleashed against Brazil and the beating heart of Roberto Martinez's team did not disappoint. A match won is only over 90 or 120 mins.