The Golden Eaglets, Nigeria's cadet team to the World U-17 Championship in UAE won a record fourth title in style.

In a team packed full of exciting talent, it was surprising that it was not difficult picking out the stand-out player.

For football, which has witnessed a gradual change from the rigid, formation-based style of years gone bye to the fluid and fast-paced form it has assumed in the noughties, it was pleasing, almost nostalgic to see a player in this era playing in a manner reminiscent of past greats of the game.

The trequartista, a position manned and bossed with distinction by greats such as Roberto Baggio, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, Francesco Totti, Carlos Valderama and Zinedine Zidane is one which the player dictates his team's play from the centre of the park.

Patrolling the entirety of the third quarter of the pitch, he is often at the head of every offensive thrust of his team; weighing in with his own fair share of assists and goals.

It's for this reason that it was such a joy watching Kelechi Iheanacho at the U-17 World Cup.

Of a languid build, he is blessed with a venomous left foot, possess a keen eye for a killer pass, holds up play well, tracks back to defend, and is adroit at dead balls; key attributes of the almost-extinct breed of traditional playmakers.

It was no surprise therefore that he won both the Golden Ball and the Silver Boot accolades as the best player of the tournament and the second highest goal-scorer respectively, in a way not too dissimilar from Diego Maradona's Golden-Ball winning performance at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

He was at the heart of everything good about the Nigerian team, and showed more than ample ability to score as well as to assist.

The evidence for this can be found in his goals against Mexico- the four goals being of absolute quality.

Such qualities mark him as a star in the future, especially in the mould of immortals of the game and one hopes that he secures a good club that would guarantee his progress to the apogee of stardom.

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