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Lionel Messi
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Lionel Messi
285
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
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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
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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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Paolo Maldini
(Italian Former Football Player Who Played as a Defender)
Paolo Maldini
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Birthdate: June 26, 1968
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, 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.  

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Patrick Vieira
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Patrick Vieira
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Birthdate: June 23, 1976
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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Alfredo Di Stéfano
(Argentine Professional Footballer and Coach Who Played as a Forward)
Alfredo Di Stéfano
12
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.

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Raúl González
(Football manager, Football player)
Raúl González
15
Birthdate: June 27, 1977
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Kevin De Bruyne
(Football Player)
Kevin De Bruyne
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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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James Rodríguez
(Colombian Professional Football Player Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
James Rodríguez
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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.

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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.

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Virgil van Dijk
(Dutch Professional Football Centre-Back)
Virgil van Dijk
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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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Son Heung-min
(Football player)
Son Heung-min
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Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Birthplace: Chuncheon-si, South Korea
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Patrick Kluivert
(Retired Dutch Football Striker)
Patrick Kluivert
5
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.

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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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David Alaba
(Austrian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder and Defender)
David Alaba
8
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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Robbie Keane
(Footballer)
Robbie Keane
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Birthdate: July 8, 1980
Birthplace: Dublin

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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Carli Lloyd
(Soccer player)
Carli Lloyd
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Birthdate: July 16, 1982
Birthplace: Delran, New Jersey, United States
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Sergio Busquets
(Football- Defensive midfielder for Spain)
Sergio Busquets
5
Birthdate: July 16, 1988
Birthplace: Sabadell, Spain
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Guillermo Ochoa
(Mexican Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Guillermo Ochoa
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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. 

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Mario Kempes
(Argentina Former Football Player)
Mario Kempes
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Birthdate: July 15, 1954
Birthplace: Bell Ville, Argentina
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Mario Gómez
(German Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
Mario Gómez
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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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Benjamin Mendy
(Association football player)
Benjamin Mendy
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Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Birthplace: Longjumeau
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Jamie Redknapp
(Association football player)
Jamie Redknapp
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Birthdate: June 25, 1973
Birthplace: Barton on Sea
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Micah Richards
(Association football player)
Micah Richards
6
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Birthplace: Birmingham
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Luke Shaw
(Footballer)
Luke Shaw
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Birthdate: July 12, 1995
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Chase Claypool
(American Football player)
Chase Claypool
6
Birthdate: July 7, 1998
Birthplace: Abbotsford, Canada
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Danny Rose
(Footballer)
Danny Rose
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Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Birthplace: Doncaster, England
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Ruud van Nistelrooy
(Former Dutch Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Ruud van Nistelrooy
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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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Samir Nasri
(Former Footballer attacking midfielder, winger)
Samir Nasri
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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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Gianfranco Zola
(Football manager)
Gianfranco Zola
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Birthplace: Oliena, Italy
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Dejan Lovren
(Croatian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Dejan Lovren
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Birthdate: July 5, 1989
Birthplace: Zenica, Bosnia

Following his 6-year stint with Liverpool, Croatian footballer Dejan Lovren has now moved to Russia to captain Zenit Saint Petersburg. He spent his early childhood in the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina and then escaped to Germany and eventually to Croatia. He led Croatia to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

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Joel Campbell
(Costa Rican footballer)
Joel Campbell
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1992
Birthplace: San José
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Lucas Vázquez
(Association football player)
Lucas Vázquez
5
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Birthplace: Curtis
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Mousa Dembélé
(Retired Belgian Football Midfielder)
Mousa Dembélé
5
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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Lucas Digne
(Association football player)
Lucas Digne
5
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Birthplace: Meaux

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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Juan Román Riquelme
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Juan Román Riquelme
3
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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Leandro Paredes
(Association football player)
Leandro Paredes
3
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Birthplace: San Justo
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Craig Bellamy
(Association football player)
Craig Bellamy
4
Birthdate: July 13, 1979
Birthplace: Cardiff
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Emilio Butragueño
(Footballer - Striker)
Emilio Butragueño
3
Birthdate: July 22, 1963
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Dirk Kuyt
(Former Dutch Footballer Who Played as a Striker and Winger)
Dirk Kuyt
5
Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Birthplace: Katwijk

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
(Football player)
Carlos Alberto Torres
3
Birthdate: July 17, 1944
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: October 25, 2016
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Demarai Gray
(Association football player)
Demarai Gray
3
Birthdate: June 28, 1996
Birthplace: Birmingham
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Victor Lindelof
(Football player)
Victor Lindelof
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Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden
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Jaap Stam
(One of the Greatest Football Defenders of His Time)
Jaap Stam
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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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Éver Banega
(Association football player)
Éver Banega
3
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Birthplace: Rosario
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Christian Vieri
(Former Footballer Striker position)
Christian Vieri
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Birthdate: July 12, 1973
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
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Hernán Crespo
(Football coach)
Hernán Crespo
5
Birthdate: July 5, 1975
Birthplace: Florida Este, Argentina
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Gianluca Vialli
(Association football player, Journalist, Association football manager)
Gianluca Vialli
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Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Birthplace: Cremona

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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Fabien Barthez
(French Racing Driver and Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Fabien Barthez
4
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Birthplace: Lavelanet, France

An ace footballer and goalkeeper, Fabien Barthez played club football for reputed clubs like Toulouse, Marseille, Monaco and Manchester United. Equally active in international football, he represented his country in all major international events, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000, and the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup for France. Currently a racing driver, he competes in selected events

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Sébastien Haller
(Football Forwarder)
Sébastien Haller
1
Birthdate: June 22, 1994
Birthplace: Ris-Orangis, France