In every age grade competition, new stars are born. These stars go on to lead their generation into the next level of footballing achievements. The 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup like every other competition, has provided its own share of talents. Here are the five biggest talents so far from the competition.
Franck Kessié is undoubtedly the biggest talent from the competition. He represented Ivory Coast at under-17 and under-20 levels, appearing in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2015 Toulon Tournament. During the former tournament, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation submitted a complaint to FIFA claiming that Kessié was aged 22 and not 16. FIFA later denied that claim. He has played for Cesena, Atalanta and currently plies his trade for AC Milan.
Aleksandr Golovin participated in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Later, Golovin went on to represent the Russia national under-19 team at the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where Russia came in second place. He currently plies his trade at Monaco.
Cristian Pavón was part of the Argentine representatives at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He currently plies his trade with Boca Juniors in Argentina.
Kelechi Iheanacho has represented Nigeria at youth levels from under-13 upwards. His first experience of a major international tournament was the 2013 African U-17 Championship in Morocco. For Iheanacho, the highlight was a hat-trick in a win against Botswana. He dedicated his goals to his mother, who died two months before the tournament. Nigeria reached the final of the competition, where they were defeated on penalties by the Ivory Coast. He is currently the strike partner of Jamie Vardy at Leicester City.
Taiwo Awoniyi represented Nigeria at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and went on to win the tournament, scoring four goals during the competition. He also represented Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand after winning the 2015 African U-20 Championship in Senegal. He is currently a Liverpool player on loan to Union Berlin.
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