A springboard for a stars of a future

Slow burners

In 1991, a ‘golden generation’ was hailed in Portugal as a contest hosts done it back-to-back pretension triumphs. However, conjunction Luis Figo, Rui Costa nor Joao Pinto stole a uncover for a winners; instead it was Peixe, whose career surprisingly did not strech a same heights as his compatriots.

In successive years, soon-to-be tellurian stars like Adriano, Hidetoshi Nakata, Fernando Morientes and Paulo Wanchope would beauty a U-20 stage. In 1997 Argentina carried a pretension with Juan Roman Riquelme and Esteban Cambiasso, even if a Golden Ball was eventually awarded to Nicolas Olivera. However, while a Uruguayan subsequently struggled to live adult to expectations, several of his contemporaries, such as Thierry Henry, Michael Owen, David Trezeguet and Nicolas Anelka all went on to strech a really top.

Indeed, it became a unchanging occurrence during U-20 World Cups for destiny top-class players to be pipped to a awards during a finish of a tournament. This trend continued during Nigeria 1999, where Ronaldinho, Roque Santa Cruz, Xavi and Diego Forlan all participated, though saw a Golden Ball given to Seydou Keita, who was a warn choice for some observers. Keita would after play for Barcelona and win a UEFA Champions League pretension twice.

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