Being a Football Superstar at 16 Doesn't Always Turn out So Sweet
Byline: MICHAEL HART
PELE, no less, set the standard and half a century after taking the football world by storm his status as wonderkid - first class, remains unchallenged.
Theo Walcott is far too young to know much about the roots of football's wonderkid phenomenon. Even his parents would need help recalling how Pele, aged 17, scored six goals in Sweden in 1958 and helped Brazil become the first and only South American nation to win the World Cup in Europe.
Such achievements are already beyond young Theo unless, at the age of 16, he can persuade Sven-Goran Eriksson to take him to Germany and initiate an unlikely series of events beginning with his …
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Publication information: Article title: Being a Football Superstar at 16 Doesn't Always Turn out So Sweet. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: January 20, 2006. Page number: 71. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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