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World Cup fantasy football: 7 brilliant players we were sorry to see get eliminated 

As the World Cup reaches the quarter-finals, we've taken a look back at the best fantasy football players who've already left us

We’ve reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, which means it’s time to fine-tune your fantasy football team.

So with only a handful of games left – including England’s clash with Sweden on Saturday – it’s time to get your Dream Team line-up up to scratch.

Have you heard it’s coming home?

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Have you heard it’s coming home?

Luckily, we’ve already helped you pick out the players you’ll need in your team, so today we’re going to look back at your fallen fantasy football heroes instead.

That’s right, we’re going through the guys who’ve done absolutely bits for your Dream Team, but are sadly no longer part of the fun.

7 Diego Costa – 21 points

Costa netted three times at the World Cup

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Costa netted three times at the World Cup

Considering Spain sacked their manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament, we think they did pretty alright to top their group and reach the last 16.

And while Isco was their big hero (more on him later), former Chelsea bruiser Costa was often their main attacking outlet.

Highlights include his brilliant brace against Portugal and his important winner against Iran, which more-or-less sealed their place in the knockouts.

6 Lionel Messi – 22 points

There was more World Cup heartbreak for Messi

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There was more World Cup heartbreak for Messi

It was a tournament to forget for Messi, who was given the daunting task of almost single-handily carrying Argentina.

His penalty miss against Iceland and his near-anonymous display in the 3-0 defeat to Croatia saw plenty of you take the Barcelona forward out of your Dream Team line-up.

But he made up for it with his match-winning display against Nigeria in the final group game and he even managed two assists in their knockout defeat to France.

5  Wahbi Khazri – 25 points

Sunderland, you say?

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Sunderland, you say?

We bet you weren’t expecting to see a Sunderland player on this list, were you?

Tunisia’s midfield star is still technically on the books at the League One side, having spent last season on-loan with Rennes.

And while he only got to enjoy the three games of the group stage – which brought about two defeats against England and Belgium – the playmaker racked up points with two goals and two assists, making him one of the more surprising stars of fantasy football at the World Cup.

4 Isco – 27 points

Maestro

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Maestro

When Spain were knocked out on penalties against Russia, pretty much everyone in the squad was heavily criticised by the expectant Spanish public.

Al except Isco.

The midfield dynamo was simply sensational at the World Cup and would surely be in line for the Best Player award if Spain had managed to go further.

His all action display against Morocco, in particular, was the difference in their final group clash, while his crisp passing and ability to pull the strings made him a joy to watch.

3 Kasper Schmeichel – 35 points

Whatta save!

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Whatta save!

Leicester better watch out, because this guy will be on the radar of several big clubs this summer following his World Cup display.

The shot-stopper was consistently excellent in Russia, often helping Denmark grind out results against the run of play with a string of world class saves – most notably in their opener against Peru.

And then, of course, was his penalty save against Croatia which lead to extra-time and penalties.

We bet his old man is chuffed to bits with that, eh?

2 Cristiano Ronaldo – 37 points

You know what’s coming…

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You know what’s coming…

While Messi struggled with the burden of Argentina’s team on his back, Ronaldo relished his position as Portugal’s main man at the World Cup.

A brilliant hat-trick against Spain – including a late equalising free-kick – will be long remembered as one of the great individual performances of this tournament, and rightly so.

Not bad for someone who was fairly overlooked by Dream Team managers at the start of the tournament, eh?

1 Yerry Mina – 39 points

Wasn’t that good, Yerry

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Wasn’t that good, Yerry

With three goals at this World Cup, it’s safe to say Colombia’s rock at the back will be going back to Barcelona with plenty of offers this summer.

The towering centre-back has tied the record number of goals scored by a defender at a World Cup, with headers against Poland, Senegal and England, of course.

We’ve gotta say, though, that we’re pleased he isn’t going any further.