Footballers, eh? You’d be forgiven for forgetting that they’re more than just a commodity in this modern age. With all the commercials, sponsorships and media training players go through in their career it’s easy to forget that they were once little nippers playing with jumpers for goalposts on the local playing fields.
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Today’s the day we roll back the years and remind you that, despite their agents’ best efforts, these players are in fact human and just like every one of you. This is: what footballers looked like when they were young…
Francesco Totti: we’ve all heard the details of his childhood. If you haven’t then it’s time you order his autobiography.
Andrea Pirlo was cool even before he was born.
Thierry Henry, or Huggy Bear?
Steven Gerrard in the blue of Everton. Close your eyes Liverpool fans.
Yes, that is Zinedine Zidane with a full head of hair.
Lionel Messi looking like he couldn’t win a Ballon d’Or if he was the last man on earth.
Ronaldinho has always loved the camera.
Manuel Neuer (bottom left) squatting next to a disinterested Mesut Ozil during their younger days.
You can see where Frank Lampard got his nickname from, can’t you?
Emile Ivanhoe Heskey was the coolest kid in kindergarten.
Andres Iniesta was as neutral as they come, even during his childhood.
Mikel Arteta (left) and Xabi Alonso (right) have been friends since school.
Sat-Nav was invented in 1974, long before you’d think.
Harry Kane (bottom left): Spurs’ very own, eh.
The Rooney brothers: the typical ’90s kids.