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25 Players Who Met Superstars In Childhood And then Became Stars Themselves Ft. Mbappe, Neymar, Messi

These are 25 current football players who met their childhood idols and role models and went on to become superstars themselves. Many of these players have attributed their success to meeting their idols as children and being inspired by them to pursue a career in football.

For example, Kylian Mbappe met Brazilian superstar Ronaldo when he was just a boy and has since followed in his footsteps to become one of the best players in the world. Neymar met Ronaldinho, another Brazilian legend, when he was a child and has often cited him as an inspiration for his style of play.

Lionel Messi met his fellow Argentine and football legend Diego Maradona as a child, and has said that meeting him was a “dream come true.” Cristiano Ronaldo met Portuguese footballer as a child and has credited him with helping him to develop his skills as a young player.

Other players on the list, like Sergio Ramos, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann, met their idols as children and have since gone on to become some of the most successful players in the world. These meetings with football legends have inspired these players to work hard and strive for greatness, and they continue to be role models for young players today.

  1. Kylian Mbappe – met Brazilian superstar Ronaldo as a child
  2. Neymar – met Ronaldinho as a child
  3. Lionel Messi – met Diego Maradona as a child
  4. Cristiano Ronaldo – met Portuguese footballer as a child
  5. Sergio Ramos – met Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro as a child
  6. Luis Suarez – met Uruguayan legend Enzo Francescoli as a child
  7. Antoine Griezmann – met French legend Zinedine Zidane as a child
  8. Paul Pogba – met Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a child
  9. Romelu Lukaku – met Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as a child
  10. Kevin De Bruyne – met Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany as a child
  11. Thiago Alcantara – met Brazilian legend Ronaldinho as a child
  12. Gareth Bale – met his idol, Tottenham Hotspur legend, Teddy Sheringham as a child
  13. Eden Hazard – met his idol, Zinedine Zidane as a child
  14. Raheem Sterling – met Brazilian legend Ronaldinho as a child
  15. Dele Alli – met Brazilian legend Ronaldinho as a child
  16. Mason Mount – met his idol, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as a child
  17. Trent Alexander-Arnold – met his idol, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as a child
  18. Bukayo Saka – met his idol, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as a child
  19. Marcus Rashford – met Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a child
  20. Phil Foden – met his idol, Manchester City legend David Silva as a child
  21. Jadon Sancho – met his idol, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney as a child
  22. Erling Haaland – met Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a child
  23. Ansu Fati – met his idol, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi as a child
  24. Joao Felix – met his idol, Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo as a child
  25. Federico Chiesa – met his father, Italian legend Enrico Chiesa as a child

1. Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez

2. Angel Gomes and Luis Nani

3. Angel Gomes and Wayne Rooney

4. Mateo Kovacic and Steven Gerrard

5. Joe Riley and Christiano Ronaldo

6. Wesley Sneijder and Frank Rijkaard

7. Jordi Alba and Louis Van Gaal

8. Patrick Kluivert and Marco Van Basten

9. Harry Kane and David Beckham

10. Koke and Fernando Torres

11. Antonio Cassano and Roberto Baggio

12. Patrick Kluivert and Frank Rijkaard

13. Kylian Mbappe and Thierry Henry

14. Kylian Mbappe and Christiano Ronaldo

15. Mateo Kovacic and Luca Modric

16. Sergi Roberto and Gerard Pique

17. Andres Iniesta and Pep Guardiola

18. John Terry and Alex Ferguson

19. Isaac Cuenca and Carles Puyol

20. Marc Bartra and Carles Puyol

21. Neymar Jr and Diego Maradona

22. Neymar Jr and Robinho

23. Neymar Jr and David Beckham

24. Neymar Jr and Dunga

25. Neymar Jr and Ronaldo

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