Cristiano Ronaldo's third Ballon d'Or ends the reminiscing of 2013 and switches the focus onto the coming 12 months.
It's easy enough to pick the leading contenders to shine, with most nations housing several hyped prospects already playing for their national side.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Julian Draxler and Isco will undoubtedly enhance their reputations during 2014, as will countless others. However, what about some slightly lesser-known names poised to make a major impact?
Here's a look at a few younger names with the potential to star in 2014—with one key stipulation being they are yet to earn full international honours.