One more edition of the FIFA World Cup and with it, many images, data and anecdotes to remember for posterity, highlighting the consecration of Lionel Messi with the Argentine national team after winning the championship. However, something that the contest also gives us every four years is the fact of following new figures and young talents who did the same and shone with their respective team during the tournament.
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From legends like Pele, Franz BeckenbauerMichael Owenup to the present with kylian mbappe, They are part of the footballers who became important players for their national team and who, since their first appearance in a worldcaptured the attention of various reflectors for their stupendous performance with less than 22 years of age, which is why they were able to obtain the award granted by the FIFA to the best young player of the tournament.
In Qatar 2022the Argentinian Enzo Fernandez He was the one who received the aforementioned distinction after his good level and performance with the team “Albiceleste”, but without a doubt, there were several revelation athletes who managed to surprise more than one with their level and dedication during some matches with their respective team; although there were also one or the other who only reconfirmed their potential but now at the national team level and during the greatest football party.
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Next, we leave the list of five young players who left a good impression due to their level during Qatar 2022:
The young footballer of 21 years came almost at the last minute to the final call for lionel scaloni to go to World. From the River Platethe native of San Martin arrived in European football this last semester to defend the colors of the Benfica and quickly achieved a place in the starting lineup in both the Portuguese Leagueas well as within the Champions League. It is worth mentioning that the Lusitanian team managed to reach the round of 16 as first place in their group, above psg.
Already in the World Cup, Enzo started the first two matches of the group stage of the “Albiceleste” from the bench (in a 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia and the 2-0 win against Mexico), although in both matches he was able to make a substitution and played more than 30 minutes in each one. In fact, it was against the “Aztec team” where he managed to score his first and only goal in the competition, which was nominated for the FIFA as one of the best of all world.
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Later, Fernandez He finished filling the Argentine helmsman’s eye and earned ownership in the half court. Despite the enormous pressure on the national team and practically playing “a final” in each match, the “Millionaire” youth squad did not shrink and proved to be up to the task. After being world champion, many clubs that are world powers asked about his file, but the Benfica shielded it with a clause of 120 million euros.
Another of the athletes who had a good performance during Qatar 2022 and who, in turn, finished consolidating with his team, was the English midfielder buyako sakawho emerged from the bottom of the Arsenal and that since 2019, he established himself as the owner of the “Gunners”. Today, he is one of the pillars in the London team and has been a fundamental piece for the club to march in first place in the Premier League.
At 21 years of age, he can already boast of being a national team since 2020 and having been part of the team that reached the final of the euro 2020, same as they lost to Italy in the penalty shootout; it should be remembered that saka He was one of the footballers who missed his charge on that occasion. During that tournament, the young man failed to win the title; however, he saw action in four of the seven matches that “The Three Lions” played.
Already in the maximum celebration of the football, the canterano of the Arsenal earned the trust of the strategist Gareth Southgate and despite having a team with many figures, he started four of the five games they played, being a substitute only in the last one of the group stage against Welsh. His performance was more than remarkable, as he managed to score three goals (two against Iran and one against Senegal in the round of 16) and distribute an assist (in the 2-1 elimination against France).
For many, Goncalo Ramos was one of the biggest surprises and one of the names that gave the most talk during the contest, since at 21 years of age, he arrived Qatar with just one match played with the senior team of Portugala friendly match against Nigeria in which he scored his first goal and which was just a few days before traveling to the World. Being a natural forward, it seemed unlikely that he would see minutes in the tournament, since it was the same position as Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, the helmsman Fernando Santos would have other plans and for the round of 16 against Swissshocked the world after leaving CR7 on the bench and give his place to the youth of the Benfica; all this added to the supposed differences that the strategist had with the Lusitanian star. With many questions goncalo assumed the responsibility of taking the place of the “Commander” and to the surprise of many, he gave one of the best matches of his short career.
Despite the fact that the match seemed quite even, the Lusitanos had a real field day and ended up beating “red crosses” with a hat-trick from the young athlete from Olhao and thus establishing his title over “Bicho”. Already in the round of the quarterfinals, bouquets could not do much to overcome Moroccocombined that ended up being the surprise of the contest and was left with fourth place.
Next, we have another athlete who ended up being world champion with the “Albiceleste” and who also ended up being an important part of the team so that the South Americans could lift the trophy. At barely 22 years old, the youth squad River Plate was considered by lionel scaloni to be one of his options in attack and be the natural change of Lautaro Martinez.
After starting as a substitute in the first two games against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, “Spider-Man” received the confidence of the Argentine helmsman and assumed ownership of the South American forward and managed to seat the striker of the Inter de Milan. The bet paid off for the albiceleste strategist and in his first two games as a starter, he converted a score against Poland (group stage) and Australia (round of 16).
In the semifinals against Croatiatoday’s soccer player Manchester City He shone again and got a double so that the team could seal their pass to the grand final. Despite his young age, Álvarez did not show nervousness or insecurity and earned the admiration of all the Argentine people. He currently has a contract with the Manchester City until 2027 and as indicated Pep Guardiola, He has him in mind to be one of the most important men in the club in the short term.
Finally, we have one of the greatest jewels of Spanish football and the Barcelonawho in turn is listed as the new Xavi Hernandez. Unlike most other athletes, Pedro came to Qatar as a footballer already consolidated in world football both at the club level, as well as with his national team, since he is already an indisputable starter with the culé team and was previously considered by Luis Enrique to comply with the commitments withThe Red” since 2020.
During the greatest football festival, the native of Tenerife He played all four games he played Spain and being a holder in each of them. Despite the fact that the European team failed to transcend and fell in the round of 16, the Barca midfielder shone again and left no room for doubt about his potential. It should be remembered that in 2021, he was considered to dispute the tokyo olympics and the eurocupseeing action in all the matches of each contest.