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Lionel Messi
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Lionel Messi
415
Birthdate: June 24, 1987
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Considered one of the best football players in the world and a prolific goal scorer, Lionel Messi has shattered and created numerous records in his playing career. Regarded by another soccer legend, Diego Maradona, as his successor, the Argentinian superstar is also one of the world’s highest paid athletes.

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Zinedine Zidane
(French Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Zinedine Zidane
85
Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Birthplace: La Castellane, Marseille, France

Amongst the greatest footballers of all time, Zinedine Zidane led France to victories in the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. Later, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year took up the position of Real Madrid manager and carved yet another success story by winning major titles like Champions League and UEFA Super Cups.

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Gareth Bale
(Welsh Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Gareth Bale
125
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

The charismatic Welsh footballer player, Gareth Frank Bale played for Southampton football club and Tottenham Hotspur extensively before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a fees that exceeded Christiano Ronaldo’s earlier record fee. Known for his speed and accuracy, Gareth Bales is also the captain of Wales national team and plays for Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid.

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Patrick Vieira
(French Professional Football Manager and Former Player)
Patrick Vieira
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Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

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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Sergio Busquets
(Spanish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Sergio Busquets
21
Birthdate: July 16, 1988
Birthplace: Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Alfredo Di Stéfano
(Argentine Professional Footballer and Coach Who Played as a Forward)
Alfredo Di Stéfano
21
Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Birthplace: Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: July 7, 2014

Alfredo Di Stéfano was an Argentine-born Spanish football player and coach. Counted among the greatest football players of all time, Di Stéfano is remembered for his association with Real Madrid, where he played a major role in the club's domination of La Liga and the European Cup during the 1950s. In 2004, he was included in Pele’s FIFA 100 list.

 7 
Patrick Kluivert
(Retired Dutch Football Striker)
Patrick Kluivert
15
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Patrick Kluivert was one of the star Dutch footballers of his time who played as a striker for clubs such as Ajax, Barcelona, and AC Milan. The UEFA Euro 2000 Golden Boot winner has also managed teams such as Netherlands and Cameroon. He later held administrative positions at Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

 8 
Paolo Maldini
(Italian Former Football Player Who Played as a Defender)
Paolo Maldini
20
Birthdate: June 26, 1968
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Paolo Maldini is an Italian former professional footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest ever defenders. He played primarily as a left-back and central defender and was affiliated with Milan and the Italian national team. Currently, he is serving as the technical director for Milan. He is also the co-owner of the USL Championship club Miami FC.  

 9 
James Rodríguez
(Colombian Professional Football Player Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
James Rodríguez
20
Birthdate: July 12, 1991
Birthplace: Cúcuta, Colombia

James Rodríguez is a versatile football player adept at playing as a central midfielder, playmaker, and winger. At the initial stages of his career, he was counted among the best young international players. He made a major impact during the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he won the Golden Boot for scoring the most number of goals.

 10 
Son Heung-min
(South Korean Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Son Heung-min
21
Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Birthplace: Chuncheon-si, South Korea
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 11 
Alex Morgan
(American Professional Soccer Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Alex Morgan
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Birthdate: July 2, 1989
Birthplace: San Dimas, California, United States

Alex Morgan is an American soccer player who helped her national team win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cups. Thanks to her popularity, Morgan has appeared in several magazines and TV shows. Her numerous endorsement deals have made her one of the highest-paid American sportswomen. In 2019, she was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

 12 
David Alaba
(Austrian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder and Defender)
David Alaba
13
Birthdate: June 24, 1992
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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Guillermo Ochoa
(Mexican Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Guillermo Ochoa
11
Birthdate: July 13, 1985
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Guillermo Ochoa is a Mexican professional footballer. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Liga MX club América and the Mexico national team. He made his senior-level professional debut in 2004 and won his first league title in 2005. He has been a part of many FIFA World Cup squads. He is married to Mexican model Karla Mora. 

 14 
Kevin De Bruyne
(Belgian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Kevin De Bruyne
15
Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Birthplace: Drongen, Ghent, Belgium

Often described as a complete football player, Kevin De Bruyne is also widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation. Over the years, he has had a major impact on the Manchester City Football Club, helping his team win several games. He is also a key player for the Belgian national football team.

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Benjamin Mendy
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Benjamin Mendy
21
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Birthplace: Longjumeau, France
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Virgil van Dijk
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Virgil van Dijk
18
Birthdate: July 8, 1991
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

Dutch footballer Virgil van Dijk plays as a defender for Liverpool and has won several titles, such as a Premier League, with them. Starting his senior career with Groningen, he later played for teams such as Celtic and Southampton. He is the only defender to be named the UEFA Men's Player of the Year.

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Mario Gómez
(German Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
Mario Gómez
12
Birthdate: July 10, 1985
Birthplace: Riedlingen, Germany

Mario Gómez is a German former footballer who played for the Germany national football team between 2007 and 2018, during which he represented Germany in two FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships. He was also an important member of the popular club Bayern Munich as he helped the team secure several trophies, such as the UEFA Champions League.

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Loris Karius
(German Football Goalkeeper)
Loris Karius
7
Birthdate: June 22, 1993
Birthplace: Biberach, Germany

German footballer Loris Karius was initially encouraged to become a motocross rider by his father, but he chose football instead. A promising goalkeeper, he has played for Liverpool, and was part of the club squad that managed to reach the runner-up spot at the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League.

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Serge Gnabry
(German Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Serge Gnabry
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Birthdate: July 14, 1995
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

German footballer Serge Gnabry was scouted by VfB at age 12. Though he also excelled in track and field, too, he later chose football. At the 2016 Olympics, he helped Germany win the silver and was also the joint top-scorer. He is part of the philanthropic initiative Common Goal.

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Nabil Fekir
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Nabil Fekir
9
Birthdate: July 18, 1993
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Danny Rose
(Footballer)
Danny Rose
8
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Birthplace: Doncaster, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Lucas Vázquez
(Spanish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Lucas Vázquez
8
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Birthplace: Curtis, Spain
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Ruud van Nistelrooy
(Former Dutch Football Striker)
Ruud van Nistelrooy
9
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Birthplace: Geffen, Netherlands

Ruud van Nistelrooy is a Dutch former football player who is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of football. In 2004, he was included in Pele's FIFA 100 list. Ruud van Nistelrooy played for the Netherlands national football team from 1998 to 2011, during which he represented the team in several important tournaments.

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Emilio Butragueño
(Spanish Retired Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Emilio Butragueño
4
Birthdate: July 22, 1963
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Gianluca Vialli
(Italian Football Player and Manager Who Played as a Striker)
Gianluca Vialli
8
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: January 6, 2023

Gianluca Vialli is an Italian former football player who played as a striker. He scored 286 goals in more than 500 appearances and is the  tenth-highest scoring Italian footballer in all competitions. After his retirement, he became manager of the English football club Chelsea and was one of the club's most successful managers.

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Christian Vieri
(Italian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Centre Forward)
Christian Vieri
8
Birthdate: July 12, 1973
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Mousa Dembélé
(Retired Belgian Football Midfielder)
Mousa Dembélé
7
Birthdate: July 16, 1987
Birthplace: Wilrijk, Belgium

Retired Belgian footballer Mousa Dembélé was best known as a central midfielder for clubs such as Fulham, AZ, and Tottenham Hotspur. He has also played for the Chinese club Guangzhou City and been part of the FIFA World Cup third-place-winning Belgian team in 2018.

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Joel Campbell
(Costa Rican Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Joel Campbell
6
Birthdate: June 26, 1992
Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Jaap Stam
(One of the Greatest Football Defenders of His Time)
Jaap Stam
4
Birthdate: July 17, 1972
Birthplace: Kampen, Netherlands

Dutch football coach and retired footballer Jaap Stam is regarded as one of the greatest defenders of his time. Starting his senior career with FC Zwolle, he later had successful stints with clubs such as Manchester United, Ajax, and PSV. Post-retirement, he has also coached teams such as Reading and PEC Zwolle.

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Dirk Kuyt
(Former Dutch Footballer Who Played as a Striker and Winger)
Dirk Kuyt
7
Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Birthplace: Katwijk, Netherlands

Dirk Kuyt is a Dutch retired football player who played for the Netherlands national football team from 2004 to 2014. He represented his country at important tournaments, including the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups. In 2006, he was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. Dirk Kuyt was also an important player for popular clubs like Liverpool and Fenerbahçe. 

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Carlos Alberto Torres
(Brazilian Football Player and Manager)
Carlos Alberto Torres
4
Birthdate: July 17, 1944
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: October 25, 2016
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 32 
Robbie Keane
(Irish Professional Football Coach and Former Player Who Played as a Striker)
Robbie Keane
1
Birthdate: July 8, 1980
Birthplace: Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland

The most capped footballer of the Irish national team, Robbie Keane is also Ireland’s top goal-scorer, with 68 international goals. Starting his career at 17, he was initially part of the English league system and played for teams such as Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. He later also represented LA Galaxy.

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Leandro Paredes
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Leandro Paredes
8
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Birthplace: San Justo, Argentina
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Lucas Digne
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Lucas Digne
8
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Birthplace: Meaux, France

Lucas Digne is a French professional footballer. He plays as a left-back for Premier League club Everton and the France national team. He was part of the France under-20 team that won the 2013 World Cup. He made his senior international debut in March 2014. He took part in the UEFA Euro 2016 and UEFA Euro 2020. 

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Victor Lindelöf
(Swedish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Victor Lindelöf
25
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Demarai Gray
(Association football player)
Demarai Gray
5
Birthdate: June 28, 1996
Birthplace: Birmingham
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Luke Shaw
(English Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back or Centre-Back)
Luke Shaw
4
Birthdate: July 12, 1995
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 38 
Éver Banega
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
Éver Banega
7
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Juan Román Riquelme
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Juan Román Riquelme
6
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Birthplace: San Fernando, Argentina

Juan Román Riquelme is an Argentine former football player best known for his association with Boca Juniors, winning 10 titles for the club. Counted among the greatest Argentine players ever, Riquelme led his team at the 2008 Olympics where they won the gold medal. Juan Román Riquelme is also widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation.

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Mario Kempes
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker / Attacking Midfielder)
Mario Kempes
3
Birthdate: July 15, 1954
Birthplace: Bell Ville, Argentina
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Burak Yılmaz
(Turkish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Burak Yılmaz
5
Birthdate: July 15, 1985
Birthplace: Antalya, Turkey
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jamie Redknapp
(English Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Jamie Redknapp
3
Birthdate: June 25, 1973
Birthplace: Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Carli Lloyd
(Former American Professional Soccer Player and Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Carli Lloyd
8
Birthdate: July 16, 1982
Birthplace: Delran, New Jersey, United States
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Raúl González
(Spanish Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Forward)
Raúl González
15
Birthdate: June 27, 1977
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Megan Rapinoe
(American Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Megan Rapinoe
13
Birthdate: July 5, 1985
Birthplace: Redding, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Hugo Sánchez
(Mexican Former Professional Footballer and Manager, Who Played as a Forward)
Hugo Sánchez
7
Birthdate: July 11, 1958
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Hugo Sánchez is a Mexican former professional footballer. He used to play as a forward and was a prolific goal scorer. He is widely regarded as the greatest Mexican footballer of all time and was named on the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004. He became a manager after retirement. 

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Luis García
(Spanish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Winger)
Luis García
6
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Birthplace: Badalona
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Ralf Rangnick
(German Professional Football Coach, Executive, and Former Player)
Ralf Rangnick
5
Birthdate: June 29, 1958
Birthplace: Backnang, Germany
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Samir Nasri
(French Former Professional Footballer Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder and a Winger)
Samir Nasri
14
Birthdate: June 26, 1987
Birthplace: Septèmes-les-Vallons, France

Samir Nasri is a French retired professional footballer. He primarily played in the attacking midfielder position, although he also played in central midfield sometimes. He began playing as a child and made his professional debut in 2004 at the age of 17. He was named the French Player of the Year in 2010. He retired in 2020. 

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Micah Richards
(English Football Pundit and Former Professional Player Who Played as a Right-Back)
Micah Richards
3
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)