The 2022 FIFA World Cup starts on 21st November 2022 and will see its end on 18th December 2022. With 32 teams from all around the globe competing in this mega event it is surely going to be one of the greatest footballing events of the year.
Every edition of the FIFA World Cup brings with it a flood of talented youngsters seeking glory for themselves and their nations. There have been numerous youngsters in the past who have played for their national team at a very young age and have even won the trophy.
And most of these World Cup-winning young talents achieved this feat in just their teenage years. Let us look at some of the greatest young players and rank the Top 5 youngest FIFA World Cup winners.
5. Thierry Henry
One of the greatest footballers to ever set foot on the English soul playing for Arsenal played for the national team of France in the international formats. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for his nation with 51 international goals in a total of 123 appearances.
He was the 20-year-old ace striker for the French squad that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and placed 2nd in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also won the UEFA European Championship in 2000 and FIFA Confederation Cup in 2003.
4. Kylian Mbappe
Inspired by Henry we see another French player making it to the list. Kylian Mbappe was just 19 when he was seen lifting the World Cup trophy in his hands high up in the air.
Mbappe has been playing international matches for his nation’s main squad since 2017 and achieved the feat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has been capped by his country on 59 occasions in which he was able to score a total of 28 goals.
3. Giuseppe Bergomi
When Italy won the FIFA World Cup in 1982 it was just a headstart for an amazing teenager who was taking form. Giuseppe Bergomi won the World Cup for his country at the mere age of 18 years. Now he has played a total of 81 matches for his national team and is one of their most important players of all time.
2. Ronaldo Nazario
Two times FIFA Worl Cup winner and one of the most important figures in Brazil’s footballing history books, Ronaldo Nazario led his nation to glory in both the 1994 and 2002 editions of the World Cup. Ronaldo went on to the United States to play in the 1994 FIFA World Cup just at the age of 17.
Brazil’s all-time leading goalscorer and “the greatest” Pele takes the top spot again on the list. He was just 17 years old when he made his way to the 1958 FIFA World Cup and went on a rampage to score 2 goals for his country to win the tournament against Sweden in their home ground.