News

Amazing pictures show Kane and other future stars with their idols


THEY were young lads who wanted to be just like their heroes too.

Before they made it, these footballers just wanted to emulate the players they watched on the TV and pretended to be in the school playground.

David Beckham and a grinning Harry Kane smile for the camera

11

David Beckham and a grinning Harry Kane smile for the cameraCredit: Getty Images

So it’s no wonder the moment they were sidled up to their favourite player they asked for a snap as a keepsake.

SunSport has rounded up the best footballers as kids coyly posing next to their idols.

See Danny Welbeck looking in awe of United hero Rio Ferdinand, Kane embarrassed to be the next to David Beckham, while Jesse Lingard has his hair ruffled by Cristiano Ronaldo!

Rio Ferdinand and Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck idolised Rio Ferdinand

11

Danny Welbeck idolised Rio FerdinandCredit: YouTube

When Danny was a promising youth player at Man United, the starlet hoped he could emulate hero Rio and play in the first team.

The former England centre half was always there on the training ground giving youngsters advice, Danny once revealed.

And this image was taken in 2003 when the Arsenal forward was just 12-years-old.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard

Cristiano Ronaldo was impressed by Jesse Lingard's skills

11

Cristiano Ronaldo was impressed by Jesse Lingard’s skillsCredit: YouTube

When Ronaldo first signed for United in 2003, Jesse was part of the famed Red Devils youth set-up.

The Portuguese forward paid a visit to the training ground to rub shoulders with the kids and he found Jesse there.

He was obviously impressed by the 11-year-old, patting his head for good measure.

Bobby Charlton and David Beckham

A young David Beckham shakes hands with Bobby Charlton in 1986

11

A young David Beckham shakes hands with Bobby Charlton in 1986Credit: John Jones

You can’t get better than meeting ‘Mr. Manchester United’ can you?

In 1986 one England great met a future England legend and created this pictorial masterpiece.

Becks knocking about with Bobby must’ve given him the needed desire to make it. And check out his haircut!

England World Cup 2018 squad’s WAGs include stunning lingerie model Ruby Mae and reality TV star Rebekah Vardy

 

Fernando Torres and Koke

Fernando Torres and Koke (second from the right) became teammates

11

Fernando Torres and Koke (second from the right) became teammatesCredit: Twitter

Amazingly, these two ended up being teammates at Atletico Madrid.

When Fernando Torres was a teenage sensation for Los Rojiblancos, Koke was just 9-years-old.

The former Liverpool striker happily posed for a snap with the Atleti youth team that featured the midfield schemer and Spain international.

Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe looks delighted to be snapped with Thierry Henry

11

Kylian Mbappe looks delighted to be snapped with Thierry Henry

The comparisons between the two have already been made, but we wonder if Thierry saw them in the youngster at the time?

Who knows, but Mbappe looks delighted to have his picture taken next to his idol.

Sadly, there’s no date on the photo, so we can’t tell how old it is. But Mbappe and Henry both look young!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Davy Klaassen

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Davy Klaassen would one day play against each other in the Champions League

11

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Davy Klaassen would one day play against each other in the Champions LeagueCredit: Twitter

It seems like years ago that Zlatan was at Ajax.

But when Davy was 11-years-old he grabbed the Swedish striker for a photo op.

Incidentally, the two played against each other in a Champions League tie in 2014 between PSG and Ajax.

Unbelievably, they were both on the scoresheet that day too.

Ronaldo and Neymar

Neymar is the heir apparent to Ronaldo

11

Neymar is the heir apparent to RonaldoCredit: Social

When the heir apparent meets the king, but either of them doesn’t know it yet.

Everyone wanted a picture with the Brazilian hotshot then, so teenage Neymar must’ve been the envy of his pals with this snap.

Neymar has gone through a few haircuts since then and is now the pin-up of Brazil.

David Beckham and Harry Kane

Harry Kane met David Beckham when he was 12-years-old

11

Harry Kane met David Beckham when he was 12-years-oldCredit: Getty Images

When Becks launched his own football academy, Spurs star Harry was one of its stars.

In 2005, he got to meet Becks when he was just 12-years-old and he looks chuffed to bits.

We wonder if David remembers this moment as well as Harry?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe was a Cristiano Ronaldo superfan and had his posters on his bedroom wall

11

Kylian Mbappe was a Cristiano Ronaldo superfan and had his posters on his bedroom wall

Featuring twice on the list, the French teenager showed why he’s a total superfan of football.

Mbappe had pictures of Ronaldo on his bedroom wall when he was a kid with pipe dreams of becoming professional.

When he was 14-years-old all his dreams came true when he met the Real Madrid ace.

Robin Van Persie and Jordy Clasie

Jordy Clasie grabs Robin Van Persie for a photo op

11

Jordy Clasie grabs Robin Van Persie for a photo opCredit: Twitter

When the former Arsenal striker was a hot prospect at Feyernood in 2002, Clasie was coming through the ranks at the Dutch club.

The ex-Southampton midfielder was only 11-years-old when this photo was taken alongside his hero.

Little did he know then, he’d play in the Premier League just like the Holland striker.

Gabby Agbonlahor doesn’t believe Trent Alexander-Arnold will make the England squad for the Euros





Source link