Four years ago at the World Cup in Russia, France's Mbappe received attention as the best rookie.

This is reporter Seo Dae-won.


'Invincible Fleet' Born in 2004 in Spain, the 18-year-old youngest Gabi made history from his World Cup debut.

He shook the net with a wonderful volley in the first group match against Costa Rica, becoming the youngest scorer in the World Cup finals 64 years after Pele in 1958.

[Gabi/Spain national team midfielder: After the game, I heard about the record.

It's such an honor for me.]

19-year-old Jude Bellingham from England, who is a year older than Garby, is also a rising star.

After scoring the opening goal in the first game of the group stage against Iran, today in the round of 16 against Senegal, he helped Henderson's opening goal with an accurate pass following a side break.

[Jordan Henderson/England national team midfielder: (Bellingham) is showing a really amazing performance in this World Cup.

I hope he continues to develop as he is now and become a great player representing England.]

Bellingham's teammate, 21-year-old striker Bukayo Saka, added a goal against Senegal to finish tied for second in the tournament with three goals.

23-year-old rookie striker Cody Gakpo, who led the Netherlands to 1st place in the group by scoring goals in 3 consecutive group matches, and Joao Felix, 23-year-old from Portugal, who was dubbed the “second Ronaldo” and scored a goal against Ghana in the group stage, both in their World Cup debut. Even Spain's 22-year-old Ferran Torres, who drove the goal, is shining.

Just like Mbappe, who won the Rookie of the Year Award after leading France to the championship by scoring 4 goals in Russia 4 years ago when he was 20 years old, the performance of rising stars in Qatar is catching the attention of soccer fans around the world.

(Video editing: Jeong Seong-hoon)