Maradona made the 1979 World Youth Championship his own, leading Argentina to victory in the tournament.
Owen and Riquelme starred on fields in Malaysia in the 1997 edition.
Twenty-six years after his country's greatest made his spectacular bow at the tournament, Messi announced his arrival on the world stage, leaving Holland with the Golden Ball, Golden Boot and another World Youth Championship trophy for Argentina.
Some of the best footballers in the world graduate from the Under-20 World Youth Championship.
The announcement that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is mulling a bid for the 2019 tournament, or the 2019 Under-17 World Cup, was a stunning development.
I hope the FAS takes the plunge and throw its hat into the ring in 2015, and pull out all the stops to land the U-20 World Cup.
This is a nation in love with football.
This is a nation that had the audacity to stage a Formula 1 night race in the heart of the city, and after six years, it continues to roar magnificently.
With the $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub set to open its doors next April, women's tennis will stage its glamour end-of-season tournament, The WTA Championships, at the Indoor Stadium from 2014 to 2018.
It is time football asserts itself.
Stacy Allaster, chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), told me on Tuesday there is energy and excitement in the country and she senses it is on the move.
The FAS must be bold.