Lionel Messi (Arg), John Obi Mikel (Ngr) and Taiye Taiwo (Ngr) holding their awards for Golden, Silver and Bronze Balls respectively at the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup in Netherlands.

13 years later, Messi has won 5 Balon d’ors and is considered one of the all time bests.

Mikel plays for Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League after over 10 years of a trophy-laden spell with Chelsea and Taye Taiwo plays for AFC Eskiltuna in the Swedish Alvensken after a journey man career that has taken him through clubs like Marseille, AC Milan, QPR, HJK, Lausanne-Sport, Bursaspor and Dynamo Kyiv.

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