We’re approaching the latter stage of the 2019 Under-20 World Cup right now, although our English viewers may not have been paying much attention, since the Three Lions became the sixth consecutive reigning U20 World Cup champions to fail to qualify for the next tournament.
Nevertheless, I’m sure the vast majority of you will have seen that Erling Haaland, the son of Alf-Inge Haaland, scored nine goals in a single game for Norway against Honduras. Incredibly, the Scandinavians still failed to get through the group stages, but despite that being the only game Haaland has scored in, it seems likely he’ll pick up the tournaments Golden Boot.
So today we wanted to take a look at the awards previous winners and how they have got on since then.
Here are the last 7 under-20 World Cup Golden Boot winners: Where are they now?
7. Riccardo Orsolini - Juventus
The top scorer at the 2017 under-20 World Cup finals in South Korea was Italian winger Riccardo Orsolini. Aged 20 at the time, and naturally aged 22 now, the youngster is still contracted to Juventus. He has spent the last two seasons on-loan at Bologna, and he impressed with 10 goals from 37 games in the campaign just gone.
6. Viktor Kovalenko - Shakhtar Donetsk
Viktor Kovalenko (R) competes for the ball with Emre Belozoglu (L) of Medipol Basaksehir during the UEFA Europa League First play-off round match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Medipol...
Viktor Kovalenko scored five goals, including a hat-trick against the USA, as Ukraine topped their group at the 2015 finals in New Zealand, before being knocked out by Senegal in the round of 16. The gifted 23-year-old attacking midfielder is now a regular at Shakhtar Donetsk, and he has been capped 20 times already by Ukraine.
5. Ebenezer Assifuah - Le Havre
Paul Pogba was named as the best player as France emerged victorious from the 2013 finals in Turkey, but it was Ghanian star Ebenezer Assifuah who took home the Golden Boot. The most impressive tally in this seven so far, Assifuah scored six goals as Ghana finished third. Swiss side Sion signed Assifuah off the back of his impressive performances at the tournament, and he scored 15 goals in 85 outings for the club. He left in 2017, and the once-capped international is now playing for Le Havre in the second tier of French football.
4. Henrique - Gremio
Brazilian forward Henrique (L) and French forward Alexandre Lacazette hold up their awards, the golden boot and bronze boot, respectively, at the end of the FIFA 2011 Under-20 World Cup...
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette matched Brazilian Henrique’s tally of five goals at the 2011 U20 World Cup, but Henrique took the Golden Boot by virtue of having made more assists. Whilst Lacazette has soared since then, it remains the pinnacle of Henrique’s career. The 28-year-old is about to come to the end of a three-year stay at Gremio, the majority of which he has spent on-loan in Portugal.
3. Dominic Adiyiah - Sissaket FC
The second Ghanian in this seven, Ghana are the only African nation to have won the U20 World Cup, and they did so in 2009 thanks in no small part to this man. Adiyiah scored nine goals and was rightly awarded not just the Golden Boot but the tournaments Best Player award as well. He joined AC Milan, but never played for the Italian giants, followed by stints in Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Thailand. Aged 29, Adiyiah is now in his fifth year in Thailand, but he recently left Nakhon Ratchasima to join Sissaket FC.
2. Sergio Aguero - Manchester City
Sergio Aguero of Argentina looks on during a friendly match between Argentina and Nicaragua at Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario on June 07, 2019 in San Juan, Argentina.
He may only have scored six goals, two fewer than Adiyiah, but it would be fair to say Sergio Aguero has had the brightest post-U20 World Cup career of anyone in this seven so far. One of the finest forwards of his generation, Aguero is one of only three two-time U20 World Cup winners. He made his name with Atletico Madrid, before becoming Man City’s all time record goal scorer.
1. Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Meaning Sergio Aguero no longer has the most impressive post-U20 World Cup Golden Boot winning career in this seven, the 2005 recipient of the award is probably the greatest footballer to have ever lived. Lionel Messi struck 6 times, winning both the Golden Boot and the Best Player awards, as Argentina lifted the trophy in the Netherlands. He has since won a load of Ballon d’Ors, set numerous records and defied what a lot of people considered to be possible on a football pitch. He’s still the best player in the world now at the age of 31.
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