The 2014 FIFA World Cup has already lost half its attendees, with 32 teams quickly whittled down to 16.
The group stages are now done and dusted, and from here on in, it's pure knockout football.
With just 25 percent of the tournament remaining, here's a look at some of the individuals who have impressed most during the 48 games so far.
While the likes of Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Neymar have all starred, such players are already viewed as elite; high-class performances from them keep their stock in a similar position—right at the top of the game.
Therefore, this list considers only those who have thrust themselves into a new level of prominence following their form in Brazil.
All statistics via WhoScored.com