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Patrick Vieira
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Patrick Vieira
18
Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dakar

Patrick Vieira is a football manager and former footballer. Vieira, who was an important member of the France national team, is currently serving as the manager of Crystal Palace Football Club which competes in the Premier League. Widely regarded as one of the best players of his time, Vieira helped his team win its first FIFA World Cup in 1998.

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Ruud Gullit
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Ruud Gullit
13
Birthdate: September 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ruud Gullit is a Dutch former football player. Considered one of the greatest players in the history of football, Gullit was known for his versatility as he could play as an attacking midfielder, forward, or midfielder. During the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship, he led his national team to its first title.

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George Weah
(25th President of Liberia)
George Weah
14
Birthdate: October 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clara Town, Liberia
George Weah, who has been the president of Liberia since 2018, was once a star footballer. The striker was named the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, and played for clubs such as A.C. Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Following his retirement, he established the Congress for Democratic Change.
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Kylian Mbappé
(French Footballer Who Plays as a Forward and is Considered One of the Best Players in the World)
Kylian Mbappé
53
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

Regarded as one of the best footballers of the current generation, Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score a goal in the final game of a World Cup. Known for his explosive speed and dribbling skills, Mbappé made an impact at a young age. Very mature for his age, he also believes in giving back to society.

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Romelu Lukaku
(Football Player)
Romelu Lukaku
38
Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian football player, is known for his goal-scoring abilities. He plays in the forward position and can also play as a winger. He has scored more than 50 international goals while playing for the men’s national team of Belgium. Inter Milan, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Manchester United are some of the clubs he has played for.

 6 
Marcus Rashford
(Footballer)
Marcus Rashford
40
Birthdate: October 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England

Marcus Rashford is a prominent football player for the Manchester United Football Club and England national team. He became the youngest British footballer to score in his debut match for England. He uses his popularity to fight against issues like child food poverty and homelessness in the United Kingdom. He is often praised for his political activism.

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Sadio Mané
(Footballer)
Sadio Mané
37
Birthdate: April 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sédhiou

Sadio Mané is one of the greatest Senegalese football players of all time. He is Senegal's fifth all-time top goal-scorer and was named African Footballer of the Year in 2020. One of Liverpool's key players, Sadio serves as an inspiration to youngsters as he succeeded as a footballer in spite of his father forbidding him from playing as a child.

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Jadon Sancho
(English Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Jadon Sancho
23
Birthdate: March 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, United Kingdom

Jadon Sancho is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. He is known for his technical skills as a winger and formidable pace. He started playing as a young boy and was part of the England youth team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. 

 9 
Virgil van Dijk
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Virgil van Dijk
13
Birthdate: July 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands
 10 
Didier Drogba
(Football player)
Didier Drogba
16
Birthdate: March 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
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Samuel Eto'o
(Footballer)
Samuel Eto'o
15
Birthdate: March 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon
 12 
Tammy Abraham
(Association football player)
Tammy Abraham
19
Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

Tammy Abraham is an English footballer. He currently plays as a striker for Serie A club Roma and the England national team. He is an academy graduate of Chelsea and made his first-team debut for the club in 2016. Since then, he has played for Bristol City and Aston Villa, scoring 25 goals in a single campaign for the team. 

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Marcelo Vieira
(Football - Left-back for Brazil)
Marcelo Vieira
6
Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian footballer Marcelo Vieira, who now captains the Spanish club Real Madrid, is known as one of the world’s best left-backs. The Rio-born football star has previously had a successful stint with the Brazilian club Fluminense. He also won Brazil a team bronze and a team silver at the Olympics.

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Ian Wright
(Television and Radio Personality and Former Professional Footballer)
Ian Wright
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Birthdate: November 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, United Kingdom

Ian Wright is an English former football player. Renowned for his speed, Wright played for popular clubs like Arsenal and helped his national team qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After retiring from the sport, Wright went on to become a TV and radio personality; he currently contributes as a commentator for ITV Sport and BBC Sport.

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Dele Alli
(Footballer)
Dele Alli
14
Birthdate: April 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milton Keynes, England
Midfielder Dele Alli began training as part of the Milton Keynes Dons youth system at age 11. He became a professional with the Dons and then played for the Tottenham Hotspur. The two-time PFA Young Player of the Year awardee led England to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.
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Lilian Thuram
(Football player)
Lilian Thuram
14
Birthdate: January 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France

French former footballer Lilian Thuram, who is now a renowned author, with books on racism such as White Thinking to his credit. His 142 appearances for the French national team made him the most capped player of his country, while he was part of the 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning squad.

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David Alaba
(Austrian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder and Defender)
David Alaba
7
Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

David Alaba is an Austrian football player who currently plays for the Real Madrid Club de Fútbol and the Austria national football team. Best known for his versatility, Alaba can play as a midfielder and defender. Counted among the greatest defenders of his generation, David Alaba is a two-time Austrian Sports Personality of the Year recipient.  

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Ashley Cole
(Association football player)
Ashley Cole
13
Birthdate: December 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney
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Georginio Wijnaldum
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Georginio Wijnaldum
6
Birthdate: November 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Leroy Sané
(German Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Leroy Sané
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Birthdate: January 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

Leroy Sané is a German professional football player who played a prominent role in helping Manchester City win the EFL Cup and the Premier League for which he was named PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season. Also an important member of the German national team, Sané can also represent France as he also holds French citizenship.

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Ansu Fati
(Football forwarder position)
Ansu Fati
1
Birthdate: October 31, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
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Daniel Sturridge
(Football Player)
Daniel Sturridge
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Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham

Daniel Sturridge is an English football player. During the 2007–08 season, Sturridge made his first-team debut and became the first player in the history to score goals in the Premier League, FA Cup, and FA Youth Cup in the same season. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Chelsea, Sturridge has also represented his national team in prominent tournaments.

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Marcel Desailly
(Former Footballer centre-back and defensive midfielder)
Marcel Desailly
10
Birthdate: September 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Born in Ghana, Marcel Desailly first gained attention after moving to the Olympique de Marseille and winning the UEFA Champions League. He then gained fame with AC Milan and Chelsea, and was part of the 1998 World Cup-winning French squad. A BBC Sport pundit post-retirement, he also represents UNICEF

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Vincent Kompany
(Retired Belgian Football Centre-Back)
Vincent Kompany
6
Birthdate: April 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium

Considered one of the fittest central defenders of the world, retired Belgian footballer Vincent Kompany had a successful stint with Manchester City, winning 4 Premier League titles, among other championships, with them. Post-retirement, the star footballer had turned to coaching and now manages the English club Burnley.

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Mario Balotelli
(Italian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Mario Balotelli
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Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
The talented but crazy Italian striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most intriguing and exciting footballers around. Love him or hate him, TIME Magazine in 2013 called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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Jérôme Boateng
(German Football Player Who Plays as a Defender Known for His Association with 'Bayern Munich')
Jérôme Boateng
16
Birthdate: September 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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Dwight Yorke
(Football Player)
Dwight Yorke
6
Birthdate: November 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidadian former footballer Dwight Yorke, or the Smiling Assassin, is known for his stint with clubs such as Aston Villa and Manchester United. He also served as the assistant manager of the Trinidadian national team. He helped his country reach the FIFA World Cup for the first time.
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Victor Moses
(Footballer)
Victor Moses
7
Birthdate: December 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kaduna

After losing his parents in communal clashes in Nigeria, Victor Moses found home with a foster family in the U.K. Over the years, he has played for top-notch clubs such as Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup titles. He represented Nigeria in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Antonio Valencia
(Football player)
Antonio Valencia
4
Birthdate: August 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nueva Loja, Ecuador
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Sami Khedira
(Former footballer central midfielder position)
Sami Khedira
9
Birthdate: April 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
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Samuel Umtiti
(Association football player)
Samuel Umtiti
12
Birthdate: November 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yaoundé

Samuel Umtiti is a French football player who currently plays for the France national team and Barcelona. Over the years, Umtiti has helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles and three Copa del Rey. He was part of the 2018 team that won the World Cup; Umtiti scored the only goal to help France beat Belgium in the semi-final match. 

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Jay-Jay Okocha
(Footballer)
Jay-Jay Okocha
9
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria
 33 
Michael Essien
(Footballer)
Michael Essien
7
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Accra
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Michael Irvin
(Sports commentator, former American football wide receiver)
Michael Irvin
5
Birthdate: March 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Benjamin Mendy
(Association football player)
Benjamin Mendy
10
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Longjumeau
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Chris Smalling
(Footballer centre-back)
Chris Smalling
6
Birthdate: November 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich, England, United Kingdom
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Andy Cole
(Football player)
Andy Cole
8
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
 38 
Odion Ighalo
(Footballer strike)
Odion Ighalo
9
Birthdate: June 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
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Patrice Evra
(Footballer - Left-back for France)
Patrice Evra
18
Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Abedi Pele
(Footballer)
Abedi Pele
4
Birthdate: November 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyebi, Ghana
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Tim Howard
(Football player)
Tim Howard
8
Birthdate: March 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Brunswick Township, New Jersey, United States
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Kelechi Iheanacho
(Nigerian footballer)
Kelechi Iheanacho
8
Birthdate: October 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imo, Nigeria
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Kalidou Koulibaly
(Footballer Centre-back)
Kalidou Koulibaly
6
Birthdate: June 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France

Born to Senegalese parents in France, Kalidou Koulibaly initially played for France U20 and then captained the Senegal national team. He took Senegal to the finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He has often opened up about racism, especially after once being called a “monkey” by a Florentina fan.

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Kurt Zouma
(Association football player)
Kurt Zouma
9
Birthdate: October 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lyon

Kurt Zouma is a French football player who currently plays for the France national team as well as the West Ham United of Premier League. Zouma, who made his professional debut at the age of 16, was named in the ten most promising young players list by The Observer. Kurt Zouma has won prestigious titles, including two Premier League titles.

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Blaise Matuidi
(Association football player)
Blaise Matuidi
13
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toulouse

Blaise Matuidi is a French football player who has represented the France national team in prominent tournaments like FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Football Championships. He also played a major role in helping his team win the 2018 World Cup. Referred to as a strong and fierce tackler, Blaise Matuidi is renowned for his energy and physical strength.

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John Obi Mikel
(Nigerian footballer)
John Obi Mikel
8
Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jos, Nigeria
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Roger Milla
(Footballer)
Roger Milla
7
Birthdate: May 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yaoundé
 48 
Moussa Sissoko
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as Midfielder)
Moussa Sissoko
6
Birthdate: August 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

Moussa Sissoko is a French professional footballer. He plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Watford and the France national team. He is known for his ability to play as a box-to-box midfielder in the center of the pitch. He initially played for local clubs and made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season.  

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Demba Ba
(Association football player)
Demba Ba
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Birthdate: May 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sèvres

Demba Ba is a former professional footballer who played as a striker in several teams, including Chelsea, West Ham United, and Newcastle United. He started playing football as a child and made his first-team debut with the team Rouen in 2005. He has been associated with many clubs since turning professional. He has also played for the Senegal national team. 

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Juan Cuadrado
(Colombian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder & Defender)
Juan Cuadrado
8
Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Necoclí, Colombia

Juan Cuadrado is a Colombian football player who has been representing the Colombia national football team since 2010. Renowned for his pace and dribbling skills, Juan Cuadrado is an important player for his national side. He also currently represents the Juventus Football Club and has won many championship titles for the team.