FC Barcelona’s megastar Lionel Messi does have an international medal in his trophy cabinet, the 2005 U-20 Youth World Club, where his Argentina team thoroughly outplayed everyone in their path – the United States, Germany and Egypt in the group stages, Radamel Falcao’s Colombia in the pre-quarters, David Siilva’s Spain in the quarters, Filipe Luis’ Brazil in the semifinals and John Obi Mikel’s Nigeria in the final.
The varing paths of the different personalities involved at the competition – all of whom dreamed of making it big in life – underlines just how cruel a mistress football can be, and the fact that in sport, as in life, only a select few make it to their end goal. All of the squad still play football for a living, though, and that is pretty big in itself.
Without further ado let us see where the Youth World Cup winning squad of Argentina are currently -
1. Oscar Ustari
The Starting Keeper for the dominant World Cup Champions, Ustari has had a journeyman’s career that has taken him across the planet.
Current Club: Club Atlas (Mexico)
Past Club(s):Independiente, Getafe, Boca Juniors, Almeria, Sunderland, Newell’s Old Boys
Biggest Club: Despite what David Moyes might tell you... Boca Juniors
12. Nereo Champagne
Currently second-in-command at the club they call the Cucumber Farmers, Champagne didn’t play a single game in the 2005 Youth World Cup
Current Club: Leganes (Spain)
Past Club(s): San Lorenzo, Ferro Carril Oeste, Olimpo
Biggest Club: San Lorenzo
21. Nicolas Navarro
Not only he does he have a World Cup Winner’s medal, he also has an Olympic Gold (2008) where he replaced an injured Oscar Ustari
Current Club: San Lorenzo (Argentina)
Past Club(s): Argentinos Juniors, Napoli, River Plate, Kayseripor, Tigre, Gimnasia y Esgrima
Biggest Club: Napoli