World Cup: From kids to kings

World Cup: From kids to kings
Brazilian footballer Bernard kicks the ball during a training session at the Brasilia's Fire Departament Training Center.



Earlier this month, Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heung Min became the first South Korean to score a hat-trick in one of the world's top leagues in the 5-3 victory over Hamburg.

However, it was at Hamburg that Son (right) really began to shine, establishing himself in the first team at the age of 17 during the 2010-11 campaign. In the same season, he also made his international debut.

Since joining Leverkusen, he has gone from strength to strength.

A pacey, two-footed forward, Son is happy playing anywhere across the forward line and is a lethal finisher.

If he hits the ground running in Brazil, the Taeguk Warriors could go far.


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While Verratti is an Italian midfielder making giants strides in France, Pogba is the polar opposite - a multi-talented Frenchman who's doing the business for Serie A champions Juventus.

Pogba (right) set the tone for what could be an entertaining international career on his second appearance for Les Bleus, producing an all-star performance against Spain before being dismissed.

The big mystery surrounding Pogba is why he wasn't given a chance to cement his position at Manchester United. Ahead of the 2011-12 season, then United boss Sir Alex Ferguson talked about giving him opportunities. That season, Pogba played only 67 minutes in the Premier League.

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