Meet the Top 6 Youngest Players who played in the FIFA World Cup.
To be picked in the squad for a national football team of a country requires a good show of skills and dynamic techniques that can be useful for a team. In short, it is not simple. Before a player can execute those kinds of skill needed for a national team, years and experiences must be well considered. But as always, there are different people who surely the type of people who put more efforts than the others and people who are exceptionally talented in the world of soccer letting them get the attention of the manager of a national team that will compete for every international match including, if the country is qualified, the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world, FIFA World Cup in young age.
On this article, we will look into the top 6 youngest players who had played the World Cup since it has started.
6. Bartholomew Ogbeche
On his first appearance during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this Nigerian forward player was only 17 years old and 241 days. He played for his team against Argentina and Sweden in the first round of the tournament.
This Brazilian forward player had started appearing in FIFA World Cup since 1958 up to 1970 with the age of 17 years and 227 days.
In his career in World Cup, Pelé had contributed 12 goals for the national team of Brazil.
4. Salomon Olembe
Next on our list is this midfielder from Cameroon who had played two World Cups in 1998 and 2002 in the age 17 years and 183 days. Olembe had played for his team in the 1998 FIFA World Cup against Austria, Italy and Chile in the first round of the tournament. On his second appearance in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Salomon had played for his team in the first round against Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Germany.
3. Samuel Eto’o
Another Cameroon player who plays as forward for their national team had first appeared in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in just the age of 17 years and 92 days against an Italian team.
For the second time, Eto’o had appeared in the 2002 FIFA World Cup playing against Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Germany in the first round of the tournament.
In 2010, for the third time appearing in the FIFA World Cup, Samuel had joined in the Cameroon squad in competing on their matches against Japan, Denmark and Netherlands in the first round.
And for the recent World Cup, Samuel Eto’o had played against Mexico in the first round of the tournament. With his playing in FIFA World Cup, he kicked in three goals for his team.
2. Femi Opabunm
Being selected to play against the English team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this Nigerian forward had been recorded as the second youngest player who played in World Cup in just the age of 17 years and 89 days.
1. Norman Whiteside
Topping the list of the youngest players who played in FIFA World Cup, this English forward had appeared at the age of 17 years and 37 days in the year 1982. Whiteside also appeared for two more World Cup in the year 1986 and 1990 with a one goal in his experience.
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