FIFA U-17 World Cup: Launchpad to the ultimate prize

FIFA U-17 WC bow: 2003
Fabregas was both top-scorer and the player of the tournament in Finland. He went on to have unprecedented success in national colours when he won the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The Chelsea midfielder provided the assist for the winning goal in the Johannesburg final.
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FIFA U-17 WC bow: 1993
Buffon’s Italy made a disappointing group stage exit in Japan before he went on to have an illustrious career both with the Azzurri and Juventus The Juventus goalkeeper was part of the penalty shoot-out victory over France which handed Italy its World Cup crown in 2006.
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FIFA U-17 WC bow: 2007
Kroos scored five and was named the best player in the 2007 tournament in South Korea. He then won the most recent FIFA World Cup held in Brazil in 2014 where the Real Madrid midfielder played a starring role.
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FIFA U-17 WC bow: 1997
Casillas is the only U-17 World Cup player to have lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy (2010) as captain when Spain beat the Netherlands in extra-time. He is also Spain's all-time appearance holder with 167 caps.
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FIFA U-17 WC bow: 1997
Ronaldinho is the only player to have won both the U-17 (1997) and the FIFA World Cup (2002). The Samba superstar's free-kick which caught out England's David Seaman is one of the most recalled World Cup moments.
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FIFA U-17 WC bow: 2001
The la Masia graduate endured a disappointing outing in Trinidad & Tobago with Spain in 2001. In 2010, Iniesta rewrote the history books when when he scored the goal which clinched the World Cup for the Iberian nation.
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FIFA U-17 WC bow: 1993
Totti was part of the same squad as Buffon as they went on to achieve FIFA World Cup glory in Germany in 2006. The striker retired from international football with the World Cup around his arms.
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