Previous stars at the U-20 World Cup 

Stars from past U-20 World Cups

There have been several world class footballers who have used the FIFA U-20 World Cup as a platform for successful careers.

DIEGO MARADONA

At the conclusion of Japan 1979, the second U-20 World Cup in history, a certain Diego Maradona made world headlines, leading Argentina to the title.

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DAVOR SUKER

Suker scored six goals in an historic tournament for a terrific Yugoslavia team, who lifted the U-20 trophy in Santiago, Chile.

RONALDINHO

Before the flowing hair, gold boots and global 'R10' brand, Ronaldinho played for Brazil at Nigeria 1999, helping them to a quarter-final finish.

LIONEL MESSI

Just like Maradona did in 1979, there was no questioning who the star was at Netherlands 2005. Messi returned to Barcelona with a heavy suitcase, winning the title, the adidas Golden Ball and the Golden Boot.

PAUL POGBA

Before he won the World Cup with France at Russia 2018, five years earlier Paul Pogba lifted the world title at U-20 level, helping Les Bleus win a maiden trophy at Turkey 2013.

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