FIFA has named its 2017 Team of the Year, and it contains devastating strikers, creative midfielders, and ball-playing defenders.
The Wire actor Idris Elba presented the Team of the Year prize at an awards ceremony in London on Monday — and the selfie Elba took of the team could become the most iconic football picture of the year.
The team — which features Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi, and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar — has an average age of 31 years old.
It’s fair to say that these players all look pretty different now than they did when their careers started.
Scroll down for before-and-after peek at how some of the biggest football stars on the planet looked in their rookie years — compared to today.
Title-magnet Cristiano Ronaldo is a modern day fashion icon.
But when he moved to Manchester United in 2003, he dyed his hair and wore David Beckham-style Alice bands.
39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has helped Juventus win 8 Serie A championship titles in 16 years with the club.