World Cup winner German international Toni Kroos has hailed the importance of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in India and has said that the same competition he played in for his national team as a teenager was one of the most important events of his life and it helped him become a better footballer.
Kroos was the best player and awarded the golden ball along with the bronze boot for being the third highest goal scorer, scoring five goals and assisting five in six games to help Germany finish third in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007 in South Korea.
Speaking about the U-17 World Cup to FIFA's official website, Kroos said, "It was one of the most important events in my development as a footballer, you play football to achieve something with your team, not just as an individual, I knew I'd had a good tournament but I was overwhelmed when I received that award."
He continued by stating, "I was totally happy with the fact that we'd won a medal in Korea. The individual award was simply a consequence of what the team accomplished. Obviously an U-17 World Cup is a very special stage where you play against the best players in the world in that age category, and your every move is observed by coaches, players, the media and pundits. So it provides you with a kind of motivation to reach a higher level."
Kross concluded by giving advice to youngsters with regards to what are his secrets to success as he said, "I never paid much attention to what other people said and just focused on my aims with the team. You have to work hard and believe in yourself, that's the most important thing."