Twenty to watch in 2019/20: Lee Kang-in

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Being named the best player at the Under-20 World Cup isn’t the one-way pass to football stardom many would expect.

While Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Paul Pogba have won the honour in the last 20 years, so have Ismail Matar (never played outside the UAE), Dominic Adiyiah (currently in the Thai second tier with Sisaket) and Henrique Almeida (not wanted by Brazilian side Grêmio).

The latest recipient of the Golden Ball award was Lee Kang-in, who shone for South Korea at this summer’s competition. There was pressure on the 18-year-old to lead his side to glory and ultimately South Korea came up short – they were defeated by Ukraine in the final – but Lee established himself as a future star.

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