THEN AND NOW: What the world's greatest soccer stars looked like at the start of their careers

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Lionel Messi’s appearance may have dramatically changed, but his magical soccer skills certainly have not.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: teenage heart-throb in 2003, teenage heart-throb in 2019.

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Robert Lewandowski was once a pencil-thin teen, but he’s now one of the world’s most revered goalscorers.

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Few things in life are certain other than death, taxes, and Sergio Ramos getting sent off in El Clasico (it’s happened five times).

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a name for himself scoring crazy goals with Ajax from 2001 to 2004, and he’s been doing the same ever since.

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Mohamed Salah is barely recognisable from his days as a youngster at FC Basel

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Neymar has added a beard and tattoos these days, but he still had a mullet back in 2009.

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12 years apart, same old Luis Suarez — he’s scored 466 career goals to date.

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Eden Hazard still wears the same number for Belgium, but he’s grown up a lot since making his debut in 2008.

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Diego Costa has aged incredibly well given that he was just 21 in the left hand picture.

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Now a man of many haircuts, Paul Pogba was keeping it simple as youngster with Manchester United in 2009.

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Other than dying his hair and growing a beard, not much has changed about Sergio Aguero since he started his career at Independiente 16 years ago.

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