FIFA U17 World Cup 2017: Top 5 Real Madrid, Barcelona players to watch out for
Only six days are left before the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off in India with two-time semi-finalists Colombia taking on two-time champions Ghana in the opening match of the tournament in Delhi next Friday.
All the squads for the tournament have been announced with a number of future stars set to feature in the youth football extravaganza which may help them get top clubs when they begin their senior career. Out of the 504 players competing in the tournament, there are a total of nine players from European giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and all of them are Spanish players.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 players from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona to look out for in the upcoming U-17 World Cup.
Notable Mentions: Moha (Real Madrid), Antonio Blanco (Real M)
#5 Juan Miranda, Barcelona
Spain’s second oldest player competing in the tournament, Juan Miranda is currently playing for the Barcelona youth and made his debut for the Barcelona B team last month. In the ongoing UEFA Youth League, the 17-year-old left-back has played every single minute of the two group games that Barcelona have played, providing an assist.
During the UEFA U-17 European Championship earlier this year, Miranda was one of the finest defenders in the tournament as he was brilliant on the left flank, making several crucial challenges and adding to the depth of the flank by generating attacks.
He missed Spain’s opening match against Turkey but played every minute of the remaining matches, providing an assist as Spain won their 9th U-17 European Championship by beating England in the final on penalties.
A brilliant left-back who can also be useful in the attacking department, Miranda will be somebody the Spanish team will rely on in the same way in which Brazil used to rely on Roberto Carlos.