Every winner of the U17 World Cup Golden Boot since 2001 - where are they now?


Brazil won the U17 World Cup in dramatic circumstances on Sunday.

Mexico looked as if they were going to win it all when Bryan Gonzalez struck the opener with 25 minutes remaining.

But Brazil made a late comeback.

Kaio Jorge held his nerve to level from the penalty spot with five minutes remaining, before Lazaro Vinicius Marques netted the winner with virtually the last kick of the game.

A number of youngsters made their mark in the tournament, including Sontje Hansen from the Netherlands.

The Ajax forward scored six times as his side made it to the semi-finals, which won him the Golden Boot.

Hansen clearly knows where the goal is and appears to have a huge career ahead of him.

But does winning the Golden Boot at the U17 World Cup guarantee a successful career in football? 

We've taken a look at every U17 World Cup Golden Boot winner since 2001 and where they are now.

2001: Florent Sinama Pongolle - nine goals

France won the tournament in 2001 largely thanks to the heroics of Sinama Pongolle up front.

The youngster, who was at Le Havre at the time, was rewarded with a move to Liverpool.

But he failed to hit the ground running at Liverpool and departed after three seasons in the first team.

Sinama Pongolle went on to play for a host of other clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Rostov and Chicago Fire, but was never prolific at any of them.

He retired in 2018 after a spell in Thailand with Chainat Hornbill. Sinama Pongolle made one appearance for France in 2008.

2003: Cesc Fabregas - five goals

The only world star on the list. Fabregas isn't known for his goals but he scored five times for his country as they finished runners-up.

The Spaniard moved from Barcelona to Arsenal shortly after and would emerge into one of the world's best players at the English side.

He went on to enjoy success with Barcelona and Chelsea and now plays in France at Monaco.

2005: Carlos Vela - five goals

Mexico won it all in 2005 and Vela was the star of the side.

Vela had only just turned 16 for the tournament but his brilliant form saw him sign for Arsenal shortly after.

He failed to make the grade at Arsenal but found great success in La Liga with Real Sociedad.

The Mexican forward is now breaking all sorts of records in MLS with Los Angeles FC.

2007: Macauley Chrisantus - nine goals

Chrisantus was on fire in 2007 as Nigeria lifted the trophy.

His success in the tournament earned him a move to Hamburger SV but he failed to kick on in Germany.

The Nigerian never made an appearance for the club and left to play in Spain's second tier with Las Palmas in 2012.

He went on to play for Sivasspor and AEK Athens but his career has since slipped into obscurity.

Now 29, Chrisantus should be at the peak of his powers. Instead, he's playing in Iran with Zob Ahan SC.

2009: Borja - five goals

Borja scored five times as Spain finished third in 2009.

He never made the grade for Atletico Madrid and has since spent much of his career in Spain's second tier.

He had one really good season in la Liga with Eibar, scoring 18 times in the 2015/16 season.

That earned him a move to the Premier League with Swansea but he scored just once in 20 games in his first season with the Welsh club.

He's scored six times for Swansea in the Championship this season but has recently found himself warming the bench.

2011: Souleymane Coulibaly - nine goals

Coulibaly was wanted by Real Madrid and Man United after the 2011 U17 World Cup but it was Spurs who won the race for his signature.

He didn't last long with Tottenham though as he was sold a year later to Bari.

The Ivorian has since struggled at Peterborough United, Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle.

He left the latter club earlier this summer to join Tunisian outfit, Étoile Sportive du Sahel.

2013: Valmir Berisha - seven goals

The Swede signed for Roma on the back of his goalscoring exploits for his country.

But he wouldn't made an appearance for the Italian side before joining Cambuur in 2015.

Now 23, Berisha plays for Bosnian Premier League Velež Mostar. He has scored just eight professional goals at club level.

2015: Victor Osimhen - 10 goals

Osimhen was just 16 when he smashed in 10 goals for Nigeria in 2015.

He's one of the few on this list that looks like he will fulfil his potential.

Although he never made it at VfL Wolfsburg, Osimhen showed his talent when he scored 20 times for Charleroi while still a teenager.

He's now at Lille and has scored nine times in 17 games for the French side, including against Chelsea last month.

2017: Rhian Brewster - eight goals

Brewster is highly thought of at Liverpool but his progress was hindered by a serious injury last year.

He's made just two appearances for his boyhood club and is yet to find the back of the net.

Whether he will ever make it at the Reds remains to be seen.

2019: Sontje Hansen - six goals

Hansen is in good hands at Ajax, who keep producing brilliant players from their academy.

The 17-year-old scored four times in the knockout rounds, including a hat-trick in the last 16 against Nigeria.

So, it appears scoring goals at the U17 World Cup doesn't mean too much.

Fabregas is the only player to live up to his potential, while Vela has also had a decent career.

But the rest, especially Chrisantus, Coulibaly and Berisha, have flopped badly or are yet to hit the heights expected of them.

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