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From ballboys to football stars

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Arda Turan

The Galatasaray canterano went on to make his debut with the Turkish giants in 2005.

Dani Carvajal

The current Real Madrid right back was chosen to represent La Fábrica at the laying of the foundation stone of the club's Valdebebas training complex.


Ángel D´Alessandro

The River Plate ballboy went on to play for the team. In the picture he is posing alongside 90s River legend Enzo Francescoli.

Iago Aspas

Currently bearing down on Hermidita's record 113 goals for Celta, Aspas was a ballboy during a Uefa Cup tie between Celta and Roma.

Patrick Kluivert

A young Kluivert had the best possible teacher of the art of scoring during his youth days at Ajax alongside Marco Van Basten.


Now teammates at Atlético, when the striker was in his first spell at the club Koke (second from right) was a youngster.

Mateo Kovacic

A young Kovacic attempted to get Steven Gerrard's shirt after a Liverpool game against his formative club, Dinamo Zagreb. Gerrard was apparently not in generous mood and Kovacic went home empty handed.


The Brazilian superstar and world's most expensive player took advantage of Diego Maradona attending a five-a-side-game while he was in the Santos academy.


As a youth player Raúl was in the Atlético youth ranks and had his picture taken with the star of the era, Manolo. Atlético would go on to close their academy and the rest is history.

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola was a Camp Nou ballboy on the day Barcelona came back from 3-0 down against Gothenburg in 1986.

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola also managed to get himself in the celebratory photo with Terry Venables and Barcelona captain Migueli.

Wesley Snejder

Frank Rijkaard returned to Ajax after his successful time in Milan and took a young Wesley Snejder under his wing.

Carlos Tévez

El Apache was a ballboy at Boca Juniors and took the opportunity to pose with Juan Román Riquelme in La Bombonera.