Watch 19-Year-Old Ronaldinho Begin Destroying Spanish Defenses At The Youth Championship

The 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as the U-20 World Cup) showcased some sensational young talent in Nigeria. Spain, the tournament’s champion, had both Iker Casillas and Xavi in its squad. Mali captured third place off the strength of a midfield boasting the greatest Malian footballer of all-time and the tournament’s Golden Ball recipient, future two-time UEFA Champions League-winner Seydou Keita, as well as future Real Madrid star Mahamadou Diarra. 

Ronaldo Included In FIFA 18 With Ridiculous 2002 World Cup Haircut

The OG Ronaldo, full name Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, commonly known as the Phenomenon, has been included amongst five new announced FUT Icons for FIFA 18’s Ultimate Team mode. Alongside Pele, Diego Maradona, Lev Yashin (sporting a goalkeeper's cap) and Thierry Henry, we’ve got Ronaldo sporting his extremely fashionable 2002 FIFA World Cup haircut.

Watch The Greatest Goals From The Greatest Attacking Side Ever Assembled

For those with a preference for attacking football, there was no greater side than the one Brazil assembled for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. The fascinating talents of Zico, Socrates, Eder, Serginho, Falcao and even defender Junior combined to score a staggering 15 goals in five matches.

In Memoriam: A Look Back At The Soccer Stars Who Died In 2014

2014 saw the deaths of some prominent figures in the soccer community. We here at The18 thought it would be a good idea to honor those who passed away this calendar year with mini bios on each of the departed. The soccer community already misses these individuals.