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FIFA U-17 World Cup: 10 senior World Cup winners who started their careers at the U-17 stage

Sumedh Pande
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Four of the five players in focus above have played in the U-17 World Cup

Emerging footballers do not get a bigger stage to showcase their talents than the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The U-17 competition is held in high regard in the world with the prestigious tournament giving a platform to hundreds of talented players every two years. India will host the U-17 World Cup in October with future superstars of the sport set to feature.

Numerous legends of the game and present world-class players have started their journey by representing their country at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Many have gone onto continue on the same path and won the FIFA World Cup for their respective nations - a prize which is considered as the biggest honour in the game.

On that note, let's take a look at the FIFA World Cup-winning players who also played in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in previous editions.

#1 Gianluigi Buffon 

Considered as one of the best goalkeepers of all time, Gianluigi Buffon began his stellar career by representing Italy at the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Japan. Italy had a tough time in Japan and sadly went out in the group stage itself. But Buffon took great strides in his career and is considered as a Juventus and an Italy legend. His best moment came in 2006 when Italy beat France in the World Cup final and became world champions.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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