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Frank Soo

Frank Soo was an English professional football player and manager of mixed Chinese and English parentage.

He was the first player of Chinese origin to play in the English Football League, and the first non-white player to represent England, though in unofficial wartime matches.

  • Full name: Frank Soo
  • Born: 8 March 1914, Buxton, Derbyshire, England
  • Died: 25 January 1991, Cheadle, Staffordshire, England
  • Profession: English football player
  • Position: Forward, Midfielder
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Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona is a French actor, director, producer, and former professional footballer.

He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United, where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.

He won the league championship in seven of his last eight full seasons as a professional. At international level, he played for the French national team.

  • Full name: Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona
  • Profession: French actor, director, producer
  • Born: 24 May 1966 (age 53 years), Marseille, France
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Position: Forward
  • Number: 7 (Manchester United F.C. / Forward), 11 (FC Girondins de Bordeaux / Forward), 11 (Montpellier HSC / Forward)
  • Spouse: Rachida Brakni (m. 2007), Isabelle Ferrer (m. 1987–2003)
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Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas Fernández is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Popularly dubbed “San Iker” for his ability to produce spectacular saves, Casillas is widely regarded by many to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and by some, as the greatest ever.

Known for his athleticism, quick reactions and outstanding shot-stopping ability. Having spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid.

Casillas is one of the few players to achieve over 1000 professional career matches, and holds the record for the most clean sheets in the UEFA Champions league, as well as for the Spanish national team.

  • Full name: Iker Casillas Fernández
  • Profession: Spanish footballer
  • Born: 20 May 1981 (age 38 years), Móstoles, Spain
  • Height: 1.82 m
  • Career start: 1990
  • Career end: 18 February 2020
  • Spouse: Sara Carbonero (m. 2016)
  • Current team: FC Porto
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José Mourinho

José Mourinho is a Portuguese professional football manager and former player who is the current manager of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

He is widely considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time, and he is one of the most decorated managers of all time.

  • Full name: José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, GOIH,
  • Profession: Portuguese football manager
  • Born: 26 January 1963 (age 57 years), Setúbal, Portugal
  • Height: 1.74 m
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Spouse: Matilde Faria (m. 1989)
  • Teams coached: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (Association football manager, since 2019)
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Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is a Spanish professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Premier League club Manchester City.

He is considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time. He holds the record for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.

  • Full name: Josep “Pep” Guardiola Sala
  • Profession: Former Spanish footballer
  • Born: 18 January 1971 (age 49 years), Santpedor, Spain
  • Height: 1.8 m
  • Spouse: Cristina Serra (m. 2014)
  • Teams coached: Manchester City F.C. (Association football manager, since 2016)
  • Children: Marius Guardiola, Valentina Guardiola, Maria Guardiola
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Pele

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award.

That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches, and in total 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and is a Guinness World Record.

During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world.

  • Full name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento
  • Profession: Former Brazilian footballer
  • Born: 23 October 1940 (age 79 years), Três Corações, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Full name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Children: Edinho, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento, MORE
  • Spouse: Marcia Aoki (m. 2016), Assíria Nascimento (m. 1994–2008), Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi (m. 1966–1978)
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Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine football manager and retired professional footballer. He is currently the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time.

He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona’s vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature (1.65 m or 5 ft 5 in), which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other football players; he would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run.

His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team’s general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition.

A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.

  • Full name: Diego Armando Maradona
  • Profession: Argentine footballer, Argentine football manager
  • Born: 30 October 1960 (age 59 years), Lanús Oeste, Argentina
  • Height: 1.65 m
  • Children: Diego Sinagra, Giannina Maradona, Dalma Maradona, Diego Fernando Maradona Ojeda, Jana Maradona
  • Number: 10 (Boca Juniors / Midfielder)
  • Teams coached: Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (Association football manager, since 2019)
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Sergio Agüero

Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo, colloquially known as Kun Agüero, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team.

He is widely considered as one of the best players of his generation and one of the best centre-forwards in Premier League history.

  • Full name: Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo
  • Profession: Argentine footballer
  • Born: 2 June 1988 (age 31 years), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Career start: 1997
  • Spouse: Giannina Maradona (m. 2008–2012)
  • Salary: 13 million GBP (2018)
  • Current teams: Manchester City F.C. (#10 / Forward), Argentina national football team (#19 / Forward)
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Ronaldinho

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and ambassador for Barcelona.

He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a forward or a winger.

  • Full name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
  • Profession: Brazilian footballer
  • Born: 21 March 1980 (age 40 years), Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Full name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
  • Height: 1.81 m
  • Salary: 9.6 million BRL (2013)
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Number: 10 (FC Barcelona)
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Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team.

Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.

  • Full name: Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly
  • Profession: Egyptian footballer
  • Born: 15 June 1992 (age 27 years), Nagrig, Egypt
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Spouse: Magi Salah (m. 2013)
  • Current teams: Liverpool F.C. (#11 / Forward), Egypt national football team (#10 / Forward)
  • Children: Makka Mohamed Salah, Kayan Mohamed Salah
  • Awards: PFA Players’ Player of the Year, FIFA Puskás Award
  • About Mohamed Salah
  • Salah was born on 15 June 1992 in Nagrig, Basyoun, Egypt.
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Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe.

He spent most of his career at Barcelona, where he served as the captain for three seasons.

Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time.

  • Full name: Andrés Iniesta Luján
  • Profession: Spanish footballer
  • Born: 11 May 1984 (age 35 years), Fuentealbilla, Spain
  • Height: 1.71 m
  • Current team: Vissel Kobe (#8 / Midfielder)
  • Salary: 5 million EUR (2012)
  • Spouse: Anna Ortiz (m. 2012)
  • Children: Paolo Andrea Iniesta Ortiz, Valeria Iniesta Ortiz
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Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team.

Often regarded as one of the best players in the world, Suárez has won 18 trophies in his career, which include six league titles, a UEFA Champions League title at club level, and a Copa América with Uruguay.

A prolific goalscorer, Suárez has won two European Golden Shoes, an Eredivisie Golden Boot, a Premier League Golden Boot, also ending the six-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning La Liga’s Pichichi Trophy in 2016.

He has scored 475 senior career goals for club and country.

  • Full name: Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz
  • Profession: Uruguayan footballer
  • Born: 24 January 1987 (age 33 years), Salto, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.82 m
  • Nationality: Uruguayan
  • Current team: FC Barcelona (#9 / Forward)
  • Spouse: Sofia Balbi (m. 2009)
  • Salary: 15.08 million GBP (2018)
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Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team.

Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.

  • Full name: Kylian Mbappé Lottin
  • Profession: French football player
  • Born: 20 December 1998 (age 21 years), Bondy, France
  • Height: 1.78 m
  • Weight: 73 kg
  • Salary: 17.5 million EUR (2018)
  • Current teams: Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (#7 / Forward), France national football team (#10 / Forward)
  • Parents: Fayza Lamari, Wilfried Mbappé
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Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Ibrahimović is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of all time.

He is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career.

He has scored over 540 career goals, and has scored in each of the last four decades.

  • Full name: Zlatan Ibrahimović
  • Profession: Swedish professional footballer
  • Born: 3 October 1981 (age 38 years), Malmö, Sweden
  • Height: 1.95 m
  • Weight: 95 kg
  • Current team: A.C. Milan (#21 / Forward)
  • Salary: 7.2 million USD (2019)
  • Children: Maximilian Ibrahimović, Vincent Ibrahimović
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Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane is a French former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder. He is the current manager of La Liga club Real Madrid.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Zidane was an elite playmaker renowned for his elegance, vision, passing, ball control, and technique.

He received many individual accolades as a player, including being named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and won the 1998 Ballon d’Or.

He was voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001, and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002.

  • Full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane // Popularly known in French as Zizou
  • Profession: Football player
  • Born: 23 June 1972, La Castellane, Marseille, France
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Spouse: Véronique Zidane (m. 1994)
  • Number: 5 (Real Madrid C.F. / Midfielder), 21 (Juventus F.C. / Midfielder), 7 (FC Girondins de Bordeaux / Midfielder)
  • Teams coached: Real Madrid C.F. (Association football manager, since 2019)
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Neymar Jr

Neymar Jr is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.

He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world.

Neymar ranks among the world’s most prominent sportsmen; SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in 2012 and 2013, and ESPN cited him as the world’s fourth-most famous athlete in 2016.

In 2017, Neymar was included by Time in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. By 2018, France Football ranked Neymar the world’s third highest-paid footballer, and in 2019, Forbes ranked him the world’s third highest-paid athlete.

  • Full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
  • Born: 5 February 1992, Mogi das Cruzes, State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
  • Salary: 36.8 million EUR (2017)
  • Current teams: Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (#10 / Forward), Brazil national football team (#10 / Forward), Brazil
  • Children: Davi Lucca da Silva Santos
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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.

He is best known for his set records while playing for the Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus clubs, as well as the Portuguese national team.

Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballons d’Or and four European Golden Shoes, both of which are records for a European player.

He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League.

A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for the most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (128) and the joint-most goals scored in the UEFA European Championship (9).

He is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances and has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.

  • Full name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
  • Born: 5 February 1985 (age 35 years), Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, Funchal, Portugal
  • Salary: 31 million EUR (2019)
  • Height: 1.87 m
  • Partner: Georgina Rodríguez (2017–)
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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

He is one of the top ranked and widely regarded best football player of his generation around the world.

Messi awarded a record six time the Ballon d’Or as a best football player.

There is no other player currently in the world that can matches his abilities and skills on the ground.   

He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey.

  • Full name: Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini
  • Born: 24 June 1987, Rosario, Argentina
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Salary: 40 million EUR (2016)
  • Spouse: Antonella Roccuzzo (m. 2017)
  • Current teams: FC Barcelona (#10 / Forward), Argentina national football team (#10 / Forward)