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Rodrigo Bentancur will hope to make a big impact in the World Cup.

The former Boca Juniors midfielder is no stranger to the big stage, having started again European champs Real Madrid in the Champions League.

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Rodrigo Bentancur has thrived in Uruguay youth teams to earn a move to Juventus Who is Rodrigo Bentancur and where does he come from?

BENTANCUR impressed hugely at the Under-20 World Cup, playing every minute as Uruguay finished Group D winners, ahead of Italy, Japan and South Africa.

The 19-year-old also played the whole game in helping his country beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the round of 16 to qualify for the quarter finals, before they lost to Venezuela in the semis.

But to those who have watched him play for Boca Juniors, his good performances in South Korea were no surprise.

Rejected by Uruguayan giants Penarol aged 13, he took his father’s advice and took a trial with Boca.

The Argentine club snapped him up immediately and he would take the bus to training every day from his grandparents’ nearby home.

He progressed quickly and by the time he was 17, he was part of the first-team squad.

Bentancur made his debut in April 2015, coming off the bench to replace Pablo Perez after 77 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Nueva Chicago.

The Uruguayan started as the deepest midfielder in a three, and while he looked more than competent there – he racked up the touches and moved the ball cleanly – it looked like it wasn’t quite a role that filled his potential.

But a few months later, he found his home as the left central midfielder in Boca’s diamond, and since then he was really shone.

The 1-0 win at River Plate in September 2015 truly underlined his strengths.

Boca used him as a midfield target man to play longer balls to and relied on his strength and height – he is 6ft 1ins tall – to win 50-50s and aerial duels.

His physicality is a real asset, and both of his coaches at Boca,

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