Top five youngsters who impressed at FIFA U-17 World Cup 2023
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2023 has seen the emergence of talent from countries nobody expected
A player’s first step in their career is the Under-17 World Cup and it serves as a platform for them to show off their talent. Throughout history, the FIFA U-17 World Cup has led to the rise of great footballers like Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, and many others. This year, the World Cup has been another crazy spectacle showcasing wonderful talents from all around the world as well.
The charts of rising talents are usually dominated by big footballing nations such as Brazil, Argentina, England and France, but this year has been different. Players from Uzbekistan, Iran, and Mali have just blown the world away.
Today we are here to look at the top five youngsters who impressed at FIFA U-17 World Cup 2023.
5. Amirbek Saidov- Uzbekistan
When we talk about Asian footballing nations, we usually refer to Japan, South Korea and Qatar, but this year, Uzbekistan has made a surprising comeback. They were the most surprising teams of this edition and their run to Quarter Finals will be remembered forever. Amirbek Saidov was one of the key reasons behind their incredible performance.
The performance he delivered against England in the round of 16 was one of the best of the tournament. Saidov is a classic number 9 player and has definitely put many clubs on alert. At the moment, he plays for Bunyodkae Tashkent U-18, but he has yet to appear in the first team. It will be interesting to see how he develops from there after an outstanding U-17 World Cup campaign.
4. Joel Ndala- England
The biggest shock of this World Cup was England’s loss to Uzbekistan in the round of 16. The Three Lions didn’t have the best of times throughout the tournament, but Joel Ndala was a bright shiny light for them. With his blistering footwork and skills on the right flank, he left everyone awestruck.
He is considered to follow in Phil Foden’s footsteps, who had a similar path leading into the Manchester City first team. He has also been compared to Jeremy Doku, Manchester City’s big performer this season. Ndala has the pace, skills, and all the ingredients to be the next big thing, but he still needs to develop.
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3. Kaua Elias- Brazil
Brazil has always been a hub of great talent and they have not disappointed this time either. In the tournament, Kaua Elias and Estevao Willian were the talking points from the Brazilian camp, but Elias was the most clinical and impactful. The Fluminense striker finished the tournament with four goals to his name and was their main star man.
Elias stood out despite Brazil being knocked out only in the quarterfinals by Argentina. In the years to come, Elias can prove to be the big striker that Brazil has been missing for years, thanks to his height and precision in the box.
2. Claudio Echeverri- Argentina
Claudio Echeverri was one player who not only made the big noises before the World Cup but also lived up to the hype. With his cheeky and flawless midfield play, the River Plate rising star was the talk of the town. The No.10 position was his forte in all matches, and he was spectacular.
With five goals already on the board, he is currently in second place on the goal-scoring chart. Echeverri has already attracted the attention of many top European clubs. His technical ability is impressive, but his free-kick ability is unlike anything you’ll find in a 17-year-old. To be able to score a free kick from 25 meters against Japan is enough to prove how good he is and how good he can become in the future.
1. Agustin Ruberto – Argentina
The Under-17 World Cup has made big noises about Claudio Echeverri, but Agustin Ruberto is a name that deserves more attention. His hat-trick against Germany in the semi-final speaks volumes about his temperament. He has scored eight goals and is the tournament’s top scorer.
There have been many great strikers in the history of Argentina, and Ruberto looks like the next one. He is currently playing alongside Claudio Echeverri at River Plate. Fans have already compared the partnership of Ruberto and Echeverri with that of Aguero and Messi, who had a similar story together.
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