Footballers' birthdays: Messi, Ronaldo & every top player's date of birth

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Goal runs through the calendar year and picks out some of the biggest birthdays in football, including past and present players, managers and coaches

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.


January


Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 17/18

Player name Club Nationality Birthday
Shane Duffy Brighton Irish January 1
Jonny Evans West Brom Northern Irish January 2
James Milner  Liverpool English January 4
Toni Kroos Real Madrid German January 4
Andy Carroll West Ham English January 6
Eden Hazard  Chelsea 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 Manchester City Spanish January 8
Gennaro Gattuso AC Milan (manager) Italian  January 9
Lucas Leiva Lazio Brazilian January 9
Christian Atsu Newcastle Ghanaian  January 10
Leroy Sane Man City German January 11
Dani Carvajal Real Madrid Spanish January 11
Axel Witsel Tianjin Quanjian Belgian  January 12
Emre Can Liverpool German January 12
Glenn Whelan Stoke City Irish January 13
Yohan Cabaye Crystal Palace French January 14
Nicklas Bendtner Rosenborg  Danish  January 16
Pep Guardiola Man City (manager) Spanish January 18
Claudio Marchisio Juventus Italian  January 19
Henrik Mkhitaryan Arsenal Armenian January 21
Shane Long Southampton Irish January 22
Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Dutch January 23
Luis Suárez Barcelona Uruguayan January 24
Xavi Al Sadd SC Spanish January 25
David Ginola Retired French January 25
Jose Mourinho Man Utd (manager) Portuguese January 26
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Italian  January 28
Grzegorz Krychowiak Polish West Brom January 29
Romario  Retired Brazilian January 29
Arda Turan  Istanbul Basaksehir Turkish  January 30
Peter Crouch Stoke City English January 30
Dimitar Berbatov Kerala Blasters FC Bulgarian January 30

February


Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Real Madrid PSG Paris Saint-Germain

Player name Club Nationality Birthday
Giuseppe Rossi Genoa Italian February 1
Darren Fletcher Stoke City Scottish February 1
Ivan Perisic Inter Croatian February 2
Gerard Pique Barcelona Spanish February 2
Carlos Tevez Boca Juniors Argentinian February 5
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portuguese February 5
Neymar PSG Brazilian February 5
Ernesto Valverde Barcelona (manager) Spanish February 9
Radamel Falcao Monaco Colombian February 10
Edinson Cavani PSG Uruguayan February 14
Ángel Di María PSG Argentinian February 14
Christian Eriksen Tottenham Danish February 14
Rui Patricio Sporting Portuguese February 15
Diego Godín Atletico Madrid Uruguayan February 16
Claude Makélélé Eupen (coach) French February 18
Gary Neville Retired English February 18
Mauro Icardi Inter Argentinian February 19
Phil Jones Man Utd English February 21
Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Algerian February 21
Branislav Ivanović Zenit Serbian February 22
Gareth Barry West Brom English February 23
Casemiro Real Madrid Brazilian February 23
Park Ji-Sung Man Utd (ambassador) South Korean February 25
Emmanuel Adebayor Istanbul Basaksehir Togolese  February 26
Pepe Real Madrid Portuguese February 26
Fernando Llorente Tottenham Spanish February 26

March


Paul Pogba Manchester United

Player name Club Nationality Birthday
Toby Alderweireld Tottenham Belgian March 2
Zico Retired Brazilian March 3
Landon Donovan Club León American March 4
Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders American March 9
Jack Butland Stoke City English March 10
Lassana Diarra PSG French March 10
Ivan Rakitic Barcelona Croatian March 10
Didier Drogba Phoenix Rising (owner) Ivorian March 11
Edgar Davids Retired Dutch March 13
Paul Pogba Man Utd French March 15
Theo Walcott Everton English March 16
Edin Džeko Roma Bosnian March 17
Shinji Kagawa Borussia Dortmund Japanese March 17
Alessandro Nesta Retired Italian March 19
Kolo Toure Retired Ivorian March 19
Marcos Rojo Man Utd Argentinian March 20
Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid Spanish March 20
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid French March 21
Jordi Alba Barcelona Spanish March 21
Ronaldinho Retired Brazilian March 21
Scott Sinclair Celtic English March 25
Erik Lamela Tottenham Argentinian March 25
Mikel Arteta Man City (coach) Spanish March 26
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich German March 27
Fabio Borini AC Milan Italian March 29
N'Golo Kante Chelsea French March 29
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Spanish March 30

April


Gabriel Jesus Manchester City

Player name Club Nationality Birthday
Clarence Seedorf Deportivo de La Coruna (manager) Dutch April 1
Miralem Pjanic Juventus Bosnian April 2
Gabriel Jesus Man City Brazilian April 3
Sami Khedira Juventus German April 4
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich French April 7
Vincent Kompany Man City Belgian April 10
Sadio Mane Liverpool Senegalese April 10
Thiago Alcântara Bayern Munich Spanish April 11
Dele Alli Tottenham English April 11
Carles Puyol Retired Spanish April 13
Aaron Lennon Burnley English April 16
Rafa Benitez Newcastle (manager) Spanish April 16
Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Polish April 18
Joe Hart West Ham English April 19
Isco Real Madrid Spanish April 21
John Obi Mikel Tianjin TEDA Nigerian April 22
David Luiz Chelsea Brazilian April 22
Kaka Retired Brazilian April 22
Raphael Varane Real Madrid French April 25
Juan Mata Man Utd Spanish April 28
Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid (manager) Argentinian April 28
Marc-André ter Stegen Barcelona German April 30

May


David Beckham MLS LA Galaxy 04212017

Player name Club Nationality Birthday
Leonardo Bonucci AC Milan Italian May 1
David Beckham  Retired English May 2
Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Spanish May 4
Fernandinho Man City Brazilian May 4
Radja Nainggolan Roma Belgian May 4
Dani Alves PSG Brazilian May 6
Andrea Barzagli Juventus Italian May 8
Kevin Gameiro Atletico Madrid French May 9
Dennis Bergkamp Retired Dutch May 10
Giovani dos Santos La Galaxy Mexican May 11
Andres Iniesta Barcelona Spanish May 11
Thibaut Courtois Chelsea Belgian May 11
Yaya Toure Man City Ivorian May 13
Romelu Lukaku  Man Utd Belgian May 13
Marquinhos PSG Brazilian May 14
Patrice Evra West Ham French May 15
Ousmane Dembele Barcelona French May 15
Andrea Pirlo  Retired Italian May 19
Iker Casillas Porto Spanish May 20
Petr Cech Arsenal Czech May 20
Mario Mandžukić Juventus Croatian May 21
Eric Cantona Retired French May 24
Paul Gascgoigne Retired English May 27
Kyle Walker Man City English May 28
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal French May 28
Steven Gerrard Retired English May 30
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund German May 31

June


Lionel Messi Barcelona

Player name Club Nationality Birthday
Javier Hernandez West Ham Mexican June 1
Sergio Aguero Man City Argentinian June 2
Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund German June 3
Lorenzo Insigne Napoli Italian June 4
Lukas Podolski Lukas Podolski German June 4
Javier Mascherano Barcelona Argentinian June 8
Wesley Sneijder Qatar Stars League club Al-Gharafa  Dutch Jun 9
Miroslav Klose Retired German June 9
Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Brazilian June 12
Olivier Kahn Retired German June 15
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egyptian June 15
Jordan Henderson Liverpool  English June 17
Frank Lampard Retired English June 20
Patrick Vieira New York City FC (manager) French June 23
Zinedine Zidane Real Manager (manager) French June 23
Juan Román Riquelme Retired Argentinian June 24
Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentinian June 24
Victor Wanyama Tottenham Kenyan June 25
Samir Nasri Retired French June 26
Kevin De Bruyne Man City Belgian June 28

July


Gareth Bale Real Madrid

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 Man Utd English July 9
Mario Gomez  Stuttgart Germany July 10
James Rodriguez Bayern Munich Colombian July 12
Craig Bellamy Retired Welsh July 13
Sergio Busquets Barcelona Spanish July 16
Gareth Bale Real Madrid Welsh July 16
Dirk Kuyt Retired Dutch July 22
Daniele De Rossi Roma Italian July 24
Hulk  Shanghai SIPG  Brazilian July 25
Michael Carrick Man Utd English July 28
Jürgen Klinsmann Retired Germany July 30
Antonio Conte Chelsea (manager) Italian July 31

August


Robert Lewandowski

Player name Club Nationality Birthday
Bastian Schweinsteiger  Chicago Fire German August 1
Nemanja Matic Chelsea Serbian August 1
Antonio Valencia Man Utd Ecuadorian  August 4
Robin van Persie Feyenoord Dutch August 6
Willian Chelsea Brazilian August 9
Roy Keane Retired Irish August 10
Javier Zanetti Retired Argentinian August 10
Massimiliano Allegri Juventus (manager) Italian August 11
Klaas Jan Huntelaar Ajax Dutch August 12
Lucas Moura Tottenham Brazilian August 13
Alan Shearer Retired English August 13
Jay-Jay Okocha Retired Nigerian August 14
Ander Herrera Man Utd Spanish August 14
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus Italian August 14
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool English August 15
Thierry Henry Retired French August 17
Mario Balotelli Nice Italian August 21
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Polish August 21
Ashley Williams Everton Welsh August 23
Thiago Motta PSG Brazilian August 28
César Azpilicueta Chelsea Spanish August 28
Pepe Reina Napoli Spanish August 31

September


Ronaldo Brazil World Cup 2002

Player  Club Nationality Birthday
Ruud Gullit Retired Dutch September 1
Daniel Sturridge West Brom English September 1
Joey Barton Retired English September 2
Alexandre Pato Tianjin Quanjian Brazilian September 2
Júlio César Flamengo  Brazilian September 3
Gareth Southgate England (manager) English September 3
Nuri Sahin Borussia Dortmund Turkish September 5
Gylfi Sigurdsson  Everton Icelandic  September 8
Luka Modric Real Madrid Croatian September 9
Alex Song Rubin Kazan  Cameroonian  September 9
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal French 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 PSG Brazilian September 22
Michael Ballack Retired German September 26
Granit Xhaka Arsenal Swiss September 27
Andriy Shevchenko Retired Ukrainian  September 29
Per Mertesacker Arsenal German September 29
Olivier Giroud Chelsea French September 30

October


Mesut Ozil Arsenal Tottenham

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Player  Club Nationality Birthday
George Weah Retired Liberian  October 1
Roberto Firmino Liverpool Brazilian October 2
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Man Utd Swedish October 3
Bruce Grobbelaar Retired Zimbabwean October 6
Jermain Defoe Bournemouth English October 7
Gilberto Silva Retired Brazilian October 7
Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City Swiss October 10
Ledley King Retired English October 12
Antonio di Natale Retired Italian October 13
Mesut Ozil Arsenal German October 15
Didier Deschamps France (manager) French October 15
Paul Ince Retired English October 21
Nemanja Vidic Retired Serbian October 21
Arsene Wenger Arsenal (manager) French October 22
Pele Retired Brazilian October 23
Alvaro Morata Chelsea Spanish October 23
Wayne Rooney Everton 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

November


David de Gea Manchester United

Player  Club Nationality Birthday
Ian Wright Retired English November 3
Marco Verratti PSG Italian November 5
Kasper Schmeichel Leicester City Danish November 5
Jozy Altidore Toronto FC American November 6
Andre Schurrle Borussia Dortmund 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 Tampa Bay Rowdies English November 8
Jens Lehmann Retired German November 10
Philipp Lahm Retired German November 11
Thomas Vermaelen Barcelona  Belgian November 14
Thomas Vermaelen Barcelona French November 14
Paulo Dybala Juventus Argentinian November 15
Paul Scholes Retired English November 16
Nani Lazio 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 Man Utd Belgian November 22
Xabi Alonso Retired Spanish November 25
Danny Welbeck Arsenal 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 Mainz  Dutch November 30

December


Player  Club Nationality Birthday
Michael Essien Retired Ghanaian  December 3
Ross Barkley Chelsea English December 5
Anthony Martial Man Utd French December 5
Tim Cahill Millwall Australian December 6
John Terry Aston Villa English December 7
Raheem Sterling Man City English December 8
Gonzalo Higuain Juventus Argentinian December 10
Leighton Baines Everton English December 11
Chris Hughton Brighton (manager) Irish December 11
Victor Moses Chelsea Nigerian December 12
Santi Cazorla Arsenal Spanish December 13
Michael Owen Retired English December 14
Keylor Navas Real Madrid Costa Rican  December 15
Mats Hummels Bayern Munich German December 16
Alexis Sanchez Man Utd Chilean December 19
Gary Cahill Chelsea English December 19
Karim Benzema Real Madrid French December 19
Ashley Cole LA Galaxy English December 20
Jorginho Napoli Italian December 20
Kylian Mbappe PSG French December 20
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Welsh December 26
Hugo Lloris Tottenham French December 26
Marcos Alonso Chelsea Spanish December 28
Sir Alex Ferguson Retired Scottish December 31

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