Past Golden Ball Winners of U-17 World Cup

Winning a Golden Ball at the World Cup is validation of a job well done. We take you back in time to look at the past Golden Ball winners at the FIFA U-17 World Cup - needless to say, it has been a harbinger of a brighter future for its possessor.

Nii Odartey Lamptey of Ghana sizzled in the 1991 U-17 World Cup by winning the Golden Ball award. Photo: Getty Images
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Although having scored only three goals, Daniel Addo (right) of Ghana won the Golden Ball award in the 1993 edition. Photo: Imagesperformgroup
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Mohamed Al Kathiri of Oman ran away with the award in the 1995 edition with five goals. Photo: Twitter
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It was Sergio Santamaria of Spain who won the Golden Ball award in the 1997 edition. Photo: Elmusedoel Futbol
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Landon Donovan of the United States sizzled in the 1999 edition to win the Golden Ball award. Photo: Getty Images
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Frenchman Florent Sinama Pongolle scored nine goals in the 2001 U-17 World Cup and was also adjudged the Golden Ball winner. Photo: Getty Images
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In the 2003 edition, Cesc Fabregas of Spain won the Golden Ball award. Photo: Getty Images
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In 2005, Anderson became the first Brazilian to win the Golden Ball award in the U-17 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images
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Toni Kroos of Germany was adjudged the best player in the 2007 U-17 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images
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Sani Emmanuel of Nigeria was on fire in the 2009 edition of the U-17 World Cup and won the Golden Ball award. Photo: FIFA
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Mexico's Julio Gomez was in good form in the 2011 edition and won the Golden Ball award. Photo: Getty Images
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Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria was unstoppable in the 2013 U-17 World Cup and won the Golden Ball award for his heroics. Photo: Getty Images
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Kelechi Nwakali of Nigeria had an outstanding U-17 World Cup in 2015 and won the Golden Ball award. Photo: Arsenal
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