Although the glory and euphoria (or depression for some countries) of the 2018 World Cup may long have faded, a few people are continuing to benefit in ways that are difficult for us mere mortals to begin to imagine. Those people are the top players. While the World Cup may feel like the culmination of many people's football careers, for others it is a mere audition stage, a chance for the best and most talented to shine on the world stage.
Those who perform well often scoop up major big money transfers shortly after the tournament ends, as some standout goal scoring can see a player's value skyrocket. There have been some truly standout performances at the Russia World Cup, with players from everywhere from England to France and to Mexico arriving home to see their value explode on the marketplace. Here are the biggest winners from the 2018 World Cup.
Harry Kane, England
Being the top goal scorer at the World Cup is always going to send your value sky-high. The 25-year-old from Walthamstow was just hovering on the radar before the tournament bu,t since then, has become one of the most in-demand players in the business, with his value having shot up to a whopping 150 million euros once the world saw him in action this summer. Rumour has it, Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, is eyeing up a transfer.
Hirving Lozano, Mexico
The 25-year-old Mexican player, currently playing for PSV Eindhoven, has seen one of the biggest value increases of all, thanks to a hugely memorable World Cup performance which saw him humbling the German team on day one. While his latest transfer cost 10 million euros, his value since then has now tripled to a massive 30 million euros. That's enough to pay for Irish footballer Robbie Keane's transfer from Liverpool to Spurs twice over, according to Lottoland's blog. Lozano is undoubtedly one to watch, and will probably be one of the biggest names in football this time next year.
Benjamin Pavard, France
The curly-haired French footballer must be laughing all the way to the bank. Pavard was instrumental to France's World Cup win, having been one of the top goal scorers for the team and helping them qualify. While his last transfer from Lille to Stuttgart in 2016 was a paltry 5 million euros, his current market value now stands at a total of 40 million euros, with Bayern Munich rumoured to be breaking open their piggy bank.
Kylian Mbappe, France
The 19-year-old superstar talent is probably the hottest commodity in football at the moment. Undoubtedly one of the most memorable and important players in the World Cup by far, it is hardly surprising that he is now valued at a staggering 150 million euros. Anyone looking to bag Mbappe will have to have some seriously deep pockets.
It's clear that how you play at the World Cup can make or break your career; the best players being blessed with gold-plated status in the football hall of fame, as well as unimaginable riches.