Famous footballers first interviews: Messi, Mbappe, Neymar, Van Dijk, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

Currently, millions of people are watching the life of famous football players. Fans will recognize the players of top teams in completely different parts of the world. It is hard to believe that in their youth it was extremely difficult for some athletes to achieve even the slightest success so that their name would sound outside their hometown or village. Now the position of these people in the world of sports has become completely different, and with it the appearance of athletes has changed. We remember how the stars of world football started their careers.

Lionel Messi

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

2005/2019

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Leo Messi is one of the legendary players of our time. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with growth deficit. Thanks to the Barcelona academy, where the boy was paid for treatment, the world was able to see the talented Argentinian play.

At the age of 18, Messi received the Best Young Player of the Year award, and a year later he became one of the three candidates for the Ballon d'Or. At the same time, the footballer made his debut for the youth national team of Argentina, where in the very first tournament he helped the team win the 2005 World Cup, and later the 2008 Olympic Games.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

2005/2019

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Cristiano is famous for his tough discipline and iron character. True, this was not always the case. As a child, the Portuguese often fought: once a boy threw a chair at a teacher, for which he was expelled from school. Even after moving to the Sporting Academy, the revolt against the written rules continued. Then Ronaldo refused to wash the dishes for himself and was not allowed to the international tournament.

The transfer to Manchester United became a key one in the Portuguese's career, and the seventh number gave more responsibility. A year later, Cristiano was already included in the main team and in his debut season he helped to win silver at Euro 2004.

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

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Neymar

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

2011/2019

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Neymar has been criticized for his capricious character both on and off the pitch ... The player's problems are often solved by the father, who, according to many, relies on money, and not on the interests of his son. At the age of 14, the Brazilian did not make it to Real Madrid, as the parties could not agree on the amount of the transfer. Despiteall fateful interventions, the footballer progressed rapidly. He did not hide his difficult character. In Santos, Neymar had a fight with the coach who did not allow him to shoot a penalty.

In 2011, the athlete received the award for the best goal, beating Messiah and Rooney themselves. And after the first season in Barcelona, ​​Neymar became one of the three best players in the world.

Gianluigi Buffon

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

1995 / 2019

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Buffon has become an idol for more than one generation. Initially, the Italian was a midfielder. At the age of 14, he moved to Parma, where, due to a difficult situation, he took the position of goalkeeper, and two weeks later became the main goalkeeper.

In 2006, Buffon, along with Juventus, flew to Serie B. There, the goalkeeper did not one penalty for three years. But that didn't stop Gianluigi from becoming world champion and one of the greatest players.

Mohamed Salah

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

2012 / 2020

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Salah is making history with Liverpool. It was difficult for a boy from a small Egyptian village to achieve success. At the age of 14, the footballer traveled to the city where the training took place, about four hours. Training had to be compromised, but the risks paid off. At the age of 19, Mohamed was noticed by the scouts of the Swiss Basel. The athlete moved to the European club alone at such an early age.

The significance of Salah for the Middle East is very great. The footballer has repeatedly helped the people of Egypt and saved the country's economy. Good deeds even spurred the Egyptians to vote for the footballer in the presidential election.

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Robert Lewandowski

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2008/2019

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Lewandowski was the discovery of 2008. Then the player was the second in the Polish championship in goals scored. After moving to Borussia Dortmund, Robert received a lot of criticism, despite the huge number of goals scored. Real fame came to the athlete only during the transition to Bavaria. In one of his matches, he scored five goals for the club at intervals of three minutes.

Antoine Griezmann

Before popularity: what famous footballers looked like at 17

2011/2019

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Griezmann's career is realinteresting. For about six years, the player unsuccessfully fought to get into the academy of the giants of French football. Only at the age of 14, the boy was taken to Manpellier due to a lack of players. After Antoine was able to demonstrate his talent, the teenager was taken to the Academy of Real Sociedad, where he passed all the levels, reaching a professional contract with the main team.

Due to the game in the Spanish league, the footballer remained out of sight of the youth coaches the French national team. Only in 2010 did Griezmann receive an invitation to the national team. In the first major tournament, a player helped the national team to become European champions by scoring two goals.

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