- Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has recalled how he failed to win FIFA Golden Ball in 2005
- The former Ghanaian international lost the award to Messi
- Owusu-Abeyie capped 18 times for Ghana scoring two goals
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Former Ghanaian international Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, has recounted his wonderful days with the Dutch U-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship which featured Lionel Messi.
The former Arsenal star and Messi were the names that dominated the headlines prior to the youth tournament in the Netherlands.
However, it was the Argentine magician who emerged the best player of the championship after netting six goals to help the South American giants lift the trophy.
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Owusu-Abeyie went on to have a decent career playing for the likes of Arsenal, Malaga, Celta Vigo, Panathinaikos and Crystal Palace.
The now 33-year-old was quizzed why he was beaten to the Golden Ball award at the tournament by Messi.
"Yes, and look where we are each now ...", the footballer replied in a friendly way.
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"Ufff ... Well, imagine what I asked myself. I still dream of that moment, of that tournament, today. There I played like never before, it was my best version I hope some day to play like this continuously. Why didn't I stay the same? It is not easy, it is not easy to answer ... I still trust that one day I will try to climb and return to that level,” he told Besoccer.
In January 2007, the speedster switched his nationality to Ghana after failing to earn a call-up into the senior Dutch national team.
He played for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as the Black Stars reached the quarterfinals stage.
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Owusu-Abeyie capped 18 times for Ghana scoring two goals in the process.
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