The youngest player in Russia's squad, Aleksandr Golovin was born and raised in the Siberian town of Kaltan. In a place lacking decent football pitches, the youngster was forced to hone his craft playing futsal, the legacy of which can be seen even today in his unique dribbling style.
Aged 16, the talented midfielder caught the eye of CSKA’s scouts and was invited to move to Moscow in 2012. The following year he helped Russia to victory at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
Nor did he have to wait much longer for his debut in the senior national team, and as a fairly unknown prospect he caused a sensation by scoring on his debut in a 4-2 win against Belarus. Since then, Golovin has nailed down his spot in CSKA’s starting XI and established himself as the most talented young player in the Russia squad, playing every minute at the UEFA EURO 2016 and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.