Standing 6'4 tall, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef might have made an imposing centre-back or a solid penalty-box predator. Instead, he is a highly effective right winger, his physical power supplemented by pace and technique. Those qualities helped him receive a surprise call-up to Tunisia's squad for the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, but the tournament did not go well – and many supporters blamed him for the team's elimination.
In spite of that, Ben Youssef was voted Tunisian Player of the Year for 2013, his international woes compensated by superb displays for Sfaxien in the Tunisian championship and victory in the CAF Confederation Cup. After a disappointing spell at Metz, he then bounced back at Esperance, recovering from a serious cruciate-ligament injury in 2016 by winning the league crown the following year. Now back to his best, he will be a key performer for Tunisia at Russia 2018.