As well as being voted best player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup
Canada 2007, Argentinian striker Sergio Agüero also took home the
adidas Golden Shoe as the tournament's top scorer.
In the voting for the best player, which was carried out by the tournament's accredited journalists, Aguero came in well ahead of fellow Argentinian Maximiliano Moralez and Mexico's Giovanni Dos Santos. In the goal-scoring charts, he finished in front of Spain's Adrian Lopez and his team-mate Moralez.
adidas Golden Ball and adidas Golden Shoe: Sergio Aguero
(Argentina) - 6 goals, 4 assists, 167 points
Argentina's number 10 was very much the star of the tournament in Canada. The captain of the Albiceleste impressed not only with his goals and his overall technique but also with his work rate, catching the eye of both the fans and the media representatives who traditionally elect the tournament's best player. Though relatively small at a mere 1.70m, Agüero stood tall for the South Americans, with his impressive performances and above all his goals setting him apart from the rest. During the group stages, he scored twice against Panama as well as notching the "goal of the day" to give his side a 1-0 win over Korea DPR. His opening strike in the Round of 16 victory against Poland was a thing of beauty as he waltzed through the opposition defence and let fly with his left foot to make it 2-1. That score soon became 3-1, as Agüero grabbed his fifth goal of the tournament, while his sixth strike was perhaps the most important, drawing Argentina level with the Czech Republic in the Final.
Aguero, who plies his trade with Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid, is following in the footsteps of his compatriot Lionel Messi, who also scooped both awards at the tournament in The Netherlands two years ago.
adidas Silver Ball and adidas Bronze Shoe: Maximiliano Moralez (Argentina) - 4 goals, 3 assists, 71 points
Maxi Moralez is another diminutive Argentinian (1.60m) who towered above the rest in Canada. Together with team-mate Aguero, midfielder Moralez was one of the shining lights of the title-winning Argentine squad. His speed and above all his eye for a slide-rule pass made him one of the tournament's top players, and he also chipped in with four goals and three assists.
adidas Bronze Ball: Giovanni Dos Santos (Mexico), 64 points
The 18-year-old striker was one of the key players in a Mexico team which made if through to the last eight of the tournament, scoring three goals in the process. His strike against Gambia in Mexico's opening match was a classic volley into the top corner, and this, along with his style of play, led to many comparisons with Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho, who is a team-mate of Dos Santos' at Barcelona.
adidas Golden Shoe: Sergio Agüero - 6 goals, 4 assists
adidas Silver Shoe, Adrian Lopez (Spain) - 5 goals, 0 assists
Lopez's crowning glory came in the 4-3 group stage victory over Jordan, as the Spanish striker scored a match-winning hat-trick. The 19-year-old always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and notched a number of important goals. In Spain's opening match against Uruguay, he played a defining role in his team's come-back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw, while in the Round of 16 against Brazil, the Deportivo la Coruna forward scored an all-important goal to make it 4-2 during extra time.
adidas Bronze Shoe: Maximiliano Moralez (Argentina) - 4 goals, 3 assists
FIFA Fair Play Award: Japan