Germany captain Toni Kroos was voted the best player of the
FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007, while Nigeria's Macauley
Chrisantus took the adidas Golden Shoe as the tournament's top
The Bayern Munich starlet received 26 per cent of the votes, which was carried out by the accredited journalists who attended the final between Spain and Nigeria at the Seoul FIFA World Cup Stadium. In addition to finishing as the seven-goal leading marksman in front of Ghana's Ransford Osei and Kroos, Chrisantus also pocketed the adidas Silver Ball, with Spain's Bojan judged the third most outstanding player on Korean soil.
adidas Golden Ball and adidas Bronze Shoe: Toni Kroos
(Germany) - 5 goals, 4 assists, 26 per cent of the votes
A key figure in the German midfield, captain Toni Kroos proved why he is regarded as the next great Bayern Munich and Germany No10 with his consistent performances throughout the tournament. His moves and passes across the middle of the park showed the essence of German efficiency, while the playmaker's five goals helped Germany become the most prolific team in the tournament with 20 goals. Kroos opened his account with a brace in Germany's second group match against Ghana, then he added one each against England and Nigeria. But his best goal would be the untouchable free-kick against Ghana in the match for third place.
adidas Silver Ball and adidas Golden Shoe: Macauley
Chrisantus (Nigeria) - 7 goals, 2 assists, 25 per cent
Macauley Chirsantus was a nightmare for the defenders who had to mark him. His five goals in the first phase, which included braces against Japan and Haiti, had already made him a strong candidate for this award. His efforts were not spectacular but every one of them was crucial, especially in the second round. Indeed, his clinical finish from close range helped the Golden Eaglets fly over Argentina in the quarter-final, before he scored his seventh goal of the tournament against Germany in the semi-final, his trusted right boot again doing the trick.
adidas Bronze Ball: Bojan (Spain) - 5 goals, 1 assist, 19
Although he missed a chance to play in the final, Bojan was deemed the best player in the Spanish camp, scoring five goals, including the last-gasp winner against Ghana in the semi-finals. The Barcelona starlet found the net twice in the opening game against Honduras, but he could not score against Syria in the next match before being rested on the bench for the final group game with Argentina. However, the No9 came back to the starting line-up against Korea DPR and found his rhythm, scoring twice with powerful drives into the net.
adidas Golden Shoe: Macauley Chrisantus - 7 goals, 2 assists
adidas Silver Shoe: Ransford Osei (Ghana) - 6 goals, 3
Despite his efforts to catch up with eventual leading scorer Macauley Christantus, Ransford Osei had to settle with the adidas Silver Shoe. The diminutive forward, who stands at 1.68 metres, chased the tall Nigerian until the final whistle of Ghana's match for third place against Germany, where he scored his sixth goal of the tournament with a glancing header. In fact, Osei got off to a superior start to his chief rival in the beginning when he found the net twice against Trinidad and Tobago in his side's first group game. Osei went on to score two more goals against Germany and Colombia, then picked up another in the quarter-final defeat of Peru.
adidas Bronze Shoe: Toni Kroos - 5 goals, 4 assists
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