With the next World Cup in Russia in just under six months, players from the 32 countries who have qualified are battling it out to make their nation’s World Cup squad. A number of young and talented stars will look to light the tournament up with their performances.
That being said let’s take a look at 5 of the youngest players to have ever played in a FIFA World Cup.
5. Pele (Brazil) – 17 years, 7 months, and 23 days
Widely considered to be one of the greatest ever players to have graced the beautiful game, Brazilian legend and forward player, Pele, is 5th on the list of youngest ever players to compete in a FIFA World Cup tournament.
Being a 3-time World Cup winner, his first World Cup triumph was as a 17-year-old in 1958, as Brazil thrashed hosts Sweden by 5 goals to 2 in the final.
4. Saloman Olembe (Cameroon) – 17 years, 6 months, and 3 days
He began his professional career in France with Nantes in 1997 and was selected as part of the Cameroonian squad for the World Cup in France the next year. He retired from the sport in 2010 and his two spells in England were on loan to Leeds United and Wigan Athletic
3. Feni Opabumni (Nigeria) – 17 years, 3 months, and 9 days
Nigerian youth prodigy, Feni Opabunmi made a lot of headlines in 2001 during the U-17 World Championships as he displayed some fantastic performances. With a lot of people taking notice of the player, Opabunmi was selected for the country’s World Cup squad in 2002.
Opabunmi was never called up to the national team setup thereafter. He made only 3 appearances for his country; he retired from the sport after a gruesome eye injury cut short his career.