Footballers' birthdays: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe & every top player's date of birth
From Yaya Toure's birthday cake to Neymar's star-studded parties, footballers' birthdays rarely pass without mention.
And while social media platforms are flooded with daily celebratory messages from clubs and fans alike, we don't want you to forget your favourite player's big day.
So, here, Goal runs through the biggest birthdays in the footballing calendar year.
Shane Duffy Fulham Irish January 1 Jonny Evans Leicester City Northern Irish January 2 James Milner Liverpool English January 4 Toni Kroos Real Madrid German January 4 Mykhailo Mudryk Chelsea Ukrainian January 5 Andy Carroll Reading English January 6 Eden Hazard Real Madrid Belgian January 7 Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid Slovenian January 7 Stefan Savic Atletico Madrid Montenegrin January 8 Koke Atletico Madrid Spanish January 8 David Silva Real Sociedad Spanish January 8 Gennaro Gattuso Retired Italian January 9 Lucas Leiva Retired Brazilian January 9 Rodrygo Real Madrid Brazilian January 9 Mason Mount Chelsea English January 10 Leroy Sane Bayern Munich German January 11 Dani Carvajal Real Madrid Spanish January 11 Axel Witsel Atletico Madrid Belgian January 12 Emre Can Dortmund German January 12 Glenn Whelan Bristol Rovers Irish January 13 Luis Diaz Liverpool Colombian January 13 Yohan Cabaye Retired French January 14 Declan Rice West Ham English January 14 Nicklas Bendtner Retired Danish January 16 Enzo Fernandez Chelsea Argentine January 17 Pep Guardiola Man City (manager) Spanish January 18 Eder Militao Real Madrid Brazilian January 18 Claudio Marchisio Retired Italian January 19 Henrik Mkhitaryan Inter Armenian January 21 Shane Long Reading Irish January 22 Arjen Robben Retired Dutch January 23 Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig Croatian January 23 Luis Suárez Gremio Uruguayan January 24 Xavi Barcelona (manager) Spanish January 25 David Ginola Retired French January 25 Jose Mourinho Roma (manager) Portuguese January 26 Aurelien Tchouameni Real Madrid French January 27 Gianluigi Buffon Parma Italian January 28 Grzegorz Krychowiak Al Shabab on loan from Krasnodar West Brom January 29 Romario Retired Brazilian January 29 Arda Turan Retired Turkish January 30 Peter Crouch Retired English January 30 Dimitar Berbatov Retired Bulgarian January 30 Julian Alvarez Man City Argentine January 31
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Playe Club Nationality Birthday Giuseppe Rossi SPAL Italian February 1 Darren Fletcher Retired Scottish February 1 Ivan Perisic Tottenham Hotspur Croatian February 2 Gerard Pique Retired Spanish February 2 Carlos Tevez Retired Argentinian February 5 Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr Portuguese February 5 Neymar PSG Brazilian February 5 Leon Goretzka Bayern Munich German February 6 Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich German February 8 Ernesto Valverde Athletic Club Spanish February 9 Radamel Falcao Rayo Vallecano Colombian February 10 Edinson Cavani Valencia Uruguayan February 14 Ángel Di María Juventus Argentinian February 14 Christian Eriksen Man Utd Danish February 14 Rui Patricio AS Roma Portuguese February 15 Diego Godín Velez Sarsfield Uruguayan February 16 Claude Makélélé Retired French February 18 Gary Neville Retired English February 18 Mauro Icardi Galatasaray on loan from PSG Argentinian February 19 Phil Jones Man Utd English February 21 Riyad Mahrez Man City Algerian February 21 Branislav Ivanović Retired Serbian February 22 Gareth Barry Retired English February 23 Casemiro Manchester United Brazilian February 23 Antony Manchester United Brazilian February 24 Park Ji-Sung Man Utd (ambassador) South Korean February 25 Gianluigi Donnarumma PSG Italian February 25 Emmanuel Adebayor Retired Togolese February 26 Pepe Porto Portuguese February 26 Fernando Llorente Retired Spanish February 26 Jamal Musiala Bayern Munich German February 26
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Player name Club Nationality Birthday Toby Alderweireld Royal Antwerp Belgian March 2 Zico Retired Brazilian March 3 Landon Donovan Retired American March 4 Ronald Araujo Barcelona Uruguayan March 7 Clint Dempsey Retired American March 9 Jack Butland Manchester United on loan from Crystal Palace English March 10 Lassana Diarra Retired French March 10 Ivan Rakitic Sevilla Croatian March 10 Didier Drogba Phoenix Rising (owner) Ivorian March 11 Edgar Davids Retired Dutch March 13 Paul Pogba Juventus French March 15 Theo Walcott Southampton English March 16 Edin Džeko Roma Bosnian March 17 Shinji Kagawa Cerezo Osaka Japanese March 17 Alessandro Nesta Retired Italian March 19 Kolo Toure Retired Ivorian March 19 Marcos Rojo Boca Juniors Argentinian March 20 Fernando Torres Retired Spanish March 20 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid French March 21 Jordi Alba Barcelona Spanish March 21 Ronaldinho Retired Brazilian March 21 Scott Sinclair Bristol Rovers English March 25 Erik Lamela Sevilla Argentinian March 25 Jadon Sancho Man Utd English March 25 Mikel Arteta Arsenal (manager) Spanish March 26 Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich German March 27 Fabio Borini Fatih Karagümrük Italian March 29 N'Golo Kante Chelsea French March 29 Sergio Ramos PSG Spanish March 30
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Player name Club Nationality Birthday Clarence Seedorf Retired Dutch April 1 Miralem Pjanic Sharjah FC Bosnian April 2 Gabriel Jesus Arsenal Brazilian April 3 Sami Khedira Retired German April 4 Franck Ribery Retired French April 7 Vincent Kompany Burnley (manager) Belgian April 10 Sadio Mane Bayern Munich Senegalese April 10 Thiago Alcântara Liverpool Spanish April 11 Dele Alli Besiktas English April 11 Carles Puyol Retired Spanish April 13 Aaron Lennon Retired English April 16 Rafa Benitez Retired Spanish April 16 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Polish April 18 Joe Hart Celtic English April 19 Isco Free agent Spanish April 21 John Obi Mikel Retired Nigerian April 22 David Luiz Flamengo Brazilian April 22 Kaka Retired Brazilian April 22 Raphael Varane Manchester United French April 25 Juan Mata Galatasaray Spanish April 28 Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid (manager) Argentinian April 28 Marc-André ter Stegen Barcelona German April 30
Player name Club Nationality Birthday Leonardo Bonucci Juventus Italian May 1 David Beckham Retired English May 2 Cesc Fabregas Como Spanish May 4 Fernandinho Retired Brazilian May 4 Radja Nainggolan SPAL Belgian May 4 Dani Alves Free agent Brazilian May 6 Cody Gakpo Liverpool Dutch May 7 Andrea Barzagli Retired Italian May 8 Kevin Gameiro Strasbourg French May 9 Dennis Bergkamp Retired Dutch May 10 Giovani dos Santos Free agent Mexican May 11 Andres Iniesta Vissel Kobe Spanish May 11 Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid Belgian May 11 Frenkie de Jong Barcelona Dutch May 12 Yaya Toure Retired Ivorian May 13 Romelu Lukaku Inter on loan from Chelsea Belgian May 13 Marquinhos PSG Brazilian May 14 Ruben Dias Man City Portuguese May 14 Patrice Evra Retired French May 15 Ousmane Dembele Barcelona French May 15 Andrea Pirlo Retired Italian May 19 Iker Casillas Retired Spanish May 20 Petr Cech Retired Czech May 20 Mario Mandžukić Retired Croatian May 21 Eric Cantona Retired French May 24 Paul Gascgoigne Retired English May 27 Joao Cancelo Bayern Munich (on loan from Man City) Portuguese May 27 Kyle Walker Man City English May 28 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon French May 28 Phil Foden Man City English May 28 Steven Gerrard Retired English May 30 Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund German May 31
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Player name Club Nationality Birthday Javier Hernandez LA Galaxy Mexican June 1 Sergio Aguero Retired Argentinian June 2 Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund German June 3 Lorenzo Insigne Napoli Italian June 4 Lukas Podolski Gornik Zabrze German June 4 Javier Mascherano Retired Argentinian June 8 Wesley Sneijder Retired Dutch Jun 9 Miroslav Klose Retired German June 9 Rafael Leao AC Milan Portuguese June 10 Kai Havertz Chelsea German June 11 Philippe Coutinho Aston Villa Brazilian June 12 Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich French June 13 Olivier Kahn Retired German June 15 Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egyptian June 15 Jordan Henderson Liverpool English June 17 Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal Brazilian June 18 Frank Lampard Retired English June 20 Rodri Man City Spanish June 22 Patrick Vieira Retired French June 23 Zinedine Zidane Retired French June 23 Juan Román Riquelme Retired Argentinian June 24 Lionel Messi PSG Argentinian June 24 Darwin Nunez Liverpool Uruguayan June 24 David Alaba Real Madrid Austrian June 24 Victor Wanyama CF Montreal Kenyan June 25 Samir Nasri Retired French June 26 Kevin De Bruyne Man City Belgian June 28 Jude Bellingham Dortmund English June 29
Player name Club Nationality Birthday Patrick Kluivert Retired Dutch July 1 Ruud van Nistelrooy Retired Dutch July 1 Gianfranco Zola Retired Italian July 5 Hernan Crespo Retired Argentinian July 5 Son Heung-Min Tottenham South Korean July 8 Robbie Keane Retired Irish July 8 Paolo Di Canio Retired Italian July 9 Ashley Young Aston Villa English July 9 Mario Gomez Retired Germany July 10 James Rodriguez Olympiacos Colombian July 12 Vinicius Jr. Real Madrid Brazilian July 12 Craig Bellamy Retired Welsh July 13 Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich German July 14 Sergio Busquets Barcelona Spanish July 16 Gareth Bale Retired Welsh July 16 Erling Haaland Man City Norwegian July 21 Dirk Kuyt Retired Dutch July 22 Ernesto Valverde Real Madrid Uruguayan July 22 Daniele De Rossi Retired Italian July 24 Hulk Atletico Mineiro Brazilian July 25 Michael Carrick Middlesbrough (manager) English July 28 Harry Kane Carrick Tottenham Hotspur English July 28 Jürgen Klinsmann Retired Germany July 30 Antonio Conte Tottenham Hotspur (manager) Italian July 31
Player name Club Nationality Birthday Bastian Schweinsteiger Retired German August 1 Nemanja Matic AS Roma Serbian August 1 Antonio Valencia Retired Ecuadorian August 4 Gavi Barcelona Spanish August 5 Robin van Persie Retired Dutch August 6 Willian Fulham Brazilian August 9 Roy Keane Retired Irish August 10 Javier Zanetti Retired Argentinian August 10 Bernardo Silva Man City Portuguese August 10 Massimiliano Allegri Juventus (manager) Italian August 11 Klaas Jan Huntelaar Retired Dutch August 12 Matthijs de Ligt Bayern Munich Dutch August 12 Lucas Moura Tottenham Brazilian August 13 Alan Shearer Retired English August 13 Jay-Jay Okocha Retired Nigerian August 14 Ander Herrera Athletic Club Spanish August 14 Giorgio Chiellini LAFC Italian August 14 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool English August 15 Thierry Henry Retired French August 17 Mario Balotelli Sion Italian August 21 Robert Lewandowski Barcelona Polish August 21 Lautaro Martinez Inter Argentine August 22 Ashley Williams Retired Welsh August 23 Thiago Motta Retired Brazilian August 28 César Azpilicueta Chelsea Spanish August 28 Pepe Reina Villarreal Spanish August 31
Player Club Nationality Birthday Ruud Gullit Retired Dutch September 1 Daniel Sturridge Free agent English September 1 Joey Barton Retired English September 2 Alexandre Pato Free agent Brazilian September 2 Júlio César Retired Brazilian September 3 Gareth Southgate England (manager) English September 3 Nuri Sahin Free agent Turkish September 5 Bukayo Saka Arsenal English September 5 Gylfi Sigurdsson Free agent Icelandic September 8 Bruno Fernandes Man Utd Portuguese September 8 Luka Modric Real Madrid Croatian September 9 Alex Song Arta/Solar7 Cameroonian September 9 Laurent Koscielny Retired French September 10 Jack Grealish Man City English September 10 Éric Abidal Retired French September 11 Franz Beckenbauer Retired German September 11 Thomas Muller Bayern Munich German September 13 Eidur Gudjohnsen Retired Icelandic September 15 Ronaldo Retired Brazilian September 18 David Seaman Retired English September 19 Henrik Larsson Retired Swedish September 20 Thiago Silva Chelsea Brazilian September 22 Michael Ballack Retired German September 26 Granit Xhaka Arsenal Swiss September 27 Andriy Shevchenko Retired Ukrainian September 29 Per Mertesacker Retired German September 29 Olivier Giroud AC Milan French September 30
Player Club Nationality Birthday George Weah Retired Liberian October 1 Roberto Firmino Liverpool Brazilian October 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic AC Milan Swedish October 3 Bruce Grobbelaar Retired Zimbabwean October 6 Jermain Defoe Retired English October 7 Gilberto Silva Retired Brazilian October 7 Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool English October 7 Xherdan Shaqiri Chicago Fire Swiss October 10 Ledley King Retired English October 12 Antonio di Natale Retired Italian October 13 Mesut Ozil Retired German October 15 Didier Deschamps France (manager) French October 15 Paul Ince Retired English October 21 Nemanja Vidic Retired Serbian October 21 Arsene Wenger Retired French October 22 Pele Retired Brazilian October 23 Alvaro Morata Atletico Madrid Spanish October 23 Wayne Rooney DC United (manager) English October 24 İlkay Gundogan Man City German October 24 Robert Pirès Retired French October 29 Edwin van der Sar Retired Dutch October 29 Diego Maradona Retired Argentinian October 30 Denis Irwin Retired Irish October 31 Marcus Rashford Man Utd English October 31
Player Club Nationality Birthday Alphonese Davies Bayern Munich Canadian November 2 Ian Wright Retired English November 3 Achraf Hakimi PSG Moroccan November 4 Marco Verratti PSG Italian November 5 Kasper Schmeichel Nice Danish November 5 Jozy Altidore New England Revolution American November 6 Andre Schurrle Retired German November 6 David De Gea Man Utd Spanish November 7 Rio Ferdinand Retired English November 7 John Barnes Retired English November 7 Joe Cole Retired English November 8 Jens Lehmann Retired German November 10 Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid French November 10 Joao Felix Lehmann Chelsea (on loan from Atletico Madrid) Portuguese November 10 Philipp Lahm Retired German November 11 Thomas Vermaelen Retired Belgian November 14 Christopher N'Kunku RB Leipzig French November 14 Paulo Dybala AS Roma Argentinian November 15 Paul Scholes Retired English November 16 Bruno Guimaraes Newcastle United Brazilian November 16 Nani Melbourne Victory Portuguese November 17 Peter Schmeichel Retired Danish November 18 Laurent Blanc Retired French November 19 Jesús Navas Sevilla Spanish November 21 Marco Asensio Real Madrid Spanish November 21 Marouane Fellaini Shandong Taishan Belgian November 22 Xabi Alonso Retired Spanish November 25 Pedri Barcelona Spanish November 25 Danny Welbeck Brighton English November 26 Roberto Mancini Zenit (manager) Italian November 27 Ryan Giggs Retired Welsh November 29 Gary Lineker Retired English November 30 Nigel de Jong Retired Dutch November 30
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Player Club Nationality Birthday Michael Essien Retired Ghanaian December 3 Ross Barkley Nice English December 5 Anthony Martial Man Utd French December 5 Tim Cahill Retired Australian December 6 John Terry Retired English December 7 Raheem Sterling Chelsea English December 8 Reece James Chelsea English December 8 Gonzalo Higuain Retired Argentinian December 10 Leighton Baines Retired English December 11 Chris Hughton Brighton (manager) Irish December 11 Victor Moses Spartak Moscow Nigerian December 12 Santi Cazorla Al Sadd Spanish December 13 Michael Owen Retired English December 14 Raphinha Barcelona Brazilian December 14 Keylor Navas Nottingham Forest Costa Rican December 15 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund German December 16 Martin Odegaard Arsenal Norwegian December 17 Alexis Sanchez Marseille Chilean December 19 Gary Cahill Retired English December 19 Karim Benzema Real Madrid French December 19 Ashley Cole Retired English December 20 Jorginho Arsenal Italian December 20 Kylian Mbappe PSG French December 20 Aaron Ramsey Nice Welsh December 26 Hugo Lloris Tottenham French December 26 Marcos Alonso Barcelona Spanish December 28 Victor Osimhen Napoli Nigerian December 29 Sir Alex Ferguson Retired Scottish December 31