After helping Manchester City record an empathic 4-1 win away at Liverpool last season, Phil Foden posted a tweet showing how far he’s come in recent years.
The 21 year-old, who is undoubtedly one of the best young players on the planet, tweeted two photos. One of the photos was of him working as a ball boy during a City game and the other was of him scoring City’s fourth goal against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Foden’s ‘How it started vs how it’s going’ tweet soon went viral However, he isn’t the only former ball boy who went on to become a famous footballer. Here is a list of other ball boys who have gone on to become stars in football:
Remember when Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick for Chelsea against Manchester United in 2014?
Well, after Eto’o scored his third goal of the afternoon, he celebrated with a 13-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi, who looked absolutely over the moon.
Donny van de Beek
Donny van de Beek, like other youngsters who came through the Ajax academy, found himself on ball boy duty as part of the club’s graduation process.
The current Manchester United midfielder who was on loan at Everton once got a snap with star striker Luis Suarez.
Matthijs de Ligt
Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt came through the ranks of Ajax academy with Van de Beek and also got a photo with Suarez while working as a ball boy.
Foden’s teammate Bernardo Silva was a ball boy for boyhood club Benfica and was reportedly on duty for a Europa League clash against Napoli in 2008.
Brahim Diaz, who was at Man City but is currently on loan at AC Milan from Real Madrid, grew up in Malaga’s academy during the period when the Spanish club had several high-profile players in their ranks.
This image shows him watching on as Santi Cazorla and Isco celebrate together.
The ball boy whose quick thinking teed up Trent Alexander-Arnold for THAT corner against Barcelona was Oakley Cannonier, who is currently part of Liverpool’s Under-18 side and has represented England at Under-16 level.
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