The great Bulgarian goal machine turns 36 today. Starting his professional stint in his home town playing for his father’s former club, CSKA Sofia, Berbatov made a career changing move by joining Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen. He joined Tottenham Hotspurs after spending four-and-a-half years with Leverkusen, and only after two years joined Manchester United. He has also played for Fulham, Monaco and POAK. He has won two Premier League titles and played in two UEFA Champions League Finals. He has also scored 48 goals in 78 appearances for Bulgaria.
Born and raised in Turkey, Arda Turan proved to be an exceptional talent during his time with Galatasaray and was soon targeted by Europe’s elite. He settled with Atletico Madrid. The 30-year-old made no hesitation signing for Barcelona despite staying on the waiting list for six months. He has also scored 17 times for Turkey in 97 appearances.
The tall and steady, Peter Crouch is celebrating his 36th birthday today. He made his Premier League debut decades ago with Tottenham and has played for a number of clubs including QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, and Liverpool to name a few. He currently plays for Stoke City. He was capped 42 times for England scoring 22 goals. He has also represented Three Lions in two FIFA World Cups.
Xavier Hernandez, better known as Xavi, is a Spanish midfielder who has played his entire career representing Barcelona. Xavi defines loyalty and his association with Barça is a proof of that. He has achieved many accolades with Barça and is one of the finest footballers of this generation. He has also represented Spain in more than 100 matches scoring 33 goals. He currently plays for Qatari club, Al Sadd. A world Cup and 2 times UEFA Euro Cup winner, he turns 38 today.
Robson De Souza, called by many as Robinho, is known for his impressive dribbling skills. From Santos to Milan, Robinho has played in some of the biggest clubs of Europe, including Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan. He also spent a brief spell in China and currently plays for Atletico Minerio. He has earned 99 caps for Brazil scoring 28 goals. He turns 33 today.
Parolo is an Italian midfielder, who is celebrating his 32nd birthday today. He currently plays for Serie A side, Lazio, but had spells at Chievo, Cesena and Parma. A product of Torino youth system, Parolo has been impressive with his defensive ability. He also has 29 caps under his name for Italy.
One of the most formidable strikers in the world, Luis Suarez, is celebrating his 30th birthday today. He has impressed with his outstanding performances and consistency throughout his career. He has played for Ajax, Liverpool, and Barcelona to name a few. His controversial actions on the field have never haunted his on-field presence. He has won many accolades during his career and has also scored more than 40 goals for Uruguay in 90 appearances.
Ki, the captain of South Korea National Team, who plays for Premier League side, Swansea City, turns 28 today. He started his professional stint with FC Seoul but his impressive display on field led to him being approached by Celtic. He spent a brief spell on loan at Sunderland but rejoined Swansea and is an integral part of the Welsh club.
The Crystal Palace Goal Keeper, who has been the show stopper for them recently, turns 30 today. A product of Manchester City’s youth system, Hennessey waited a while to get his big move. He played most of his career representing Wolverhampton Wanderers and during his tenure he was loaned quite a time. In 2014, he joined Crystal Palace and has been performing outstandingly for them. He is also the first choice for Wales and has earned 67 caps so far.
The Welsh powerhouse, Joe Ledley, is celebrating his 30th birthday today. He is currently playing for Premier Legaue side, Crystal Palace. He started his professional career with Cardiff City and spent six seasons with the Welsh side before joining Celtic on a free transfer. He joined Eagles in 2014, on deadline day and since then has been an integral part of the side. He made his international debut for Wales in 2005 and went on to make 70 appearances, scoring four goals.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a product of Chelsea’s youth setup and a promising young talent for England. The 21-year-old is still new to the game but made his professional debut in 2014, replacing Cesc Fabregas. He only has had 18 appearances for Chelsea till now but has what it takes to be a constant member of the playing 11.
The 27-year-old English striker is a product of Sunderland Youth Academy and made his professional debut for Sunderland in 2007, managing only six appearances in three seasons. He currently plays for Rangers in the Scottish Premier Legaue. In just 10 years, he has played for seven different clubs like Leicester City, Millwall, Hull, and Wigan to name a few.
Marchisio, a name quite common for Juve fans, is celebrating his 31st birthday today. A product of Juventus Youth System, Marchisio established himself as one of the finest defenders in the Serie A. He spent his entire career playing for Juventus, the only exception being a season loan deal at Empoli. However, he made his return next season and since then he has been the backbone of Juve’s defense. He also has 54 caps under his name for Italy.
The 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder, who was also part of the UEFA Euro Cup winning squad of Portugal, turns 24 today. A product of FC Porto Youth setup, Mario made his professional debut with Sporting and is currently playing for Serie A side, Inter Milan. At a very young age, he has 23 international caps under his belt.
Mathias Ginter is a 23-year-old German centre-back who plays for Bundesliga club, Broussia Dortmund. He started his search for glory with SC Freiburg but after three impressive seasons joined the giants Dortmund. He was part of the German squad that won the FIFA World Cup and also the silver medal in 2016 Summer Olympics.
Regarded as one of the most creative people of this generation, Pep Guardiola turns 46 today. He has achieved it all, first as a player and then as a manager. Guardiola was a creative and technically gifted midfielder who usually had a deep-lying playmaking role as a defensive midfielder.
Qualifying from Barcelona's youth academy, Pep Guardiola played for Barcelona from 1990 to 2001. He also played for the Spanish National Team during this period. After a short stint elsewhere, Guardiola returned to his childhood club and managed their B team for a year before getting promoted as the manager of Barcelona's first team.
Since then, there's not one trophy Guardiola has competed for and hasn't won at least once during his career. After winning the quadruple with Barcelona, Pep moved his quarters to Bayern Munich where he again spent a successful stint as a manager. Pep is now the manager of Manchester City, and there are hopes that he would once again achieve everything this time in the Barclays Premier League.
Nacho, as he is more commonly known, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Real Madrid as their central defender. Qualifying from Real Madrid Castilla, Nacho has spent all his life playing for Real Madrid. Once a very promising player, Nacho provides solid backup to Real Madrid's defense in the absence of any of the regular starters. He turns 27 today.
Riccardo Montolivo, who turns 32 today, is the captain of the popular Serie A club, AC Milan. A versatile and creative cone, Montolivo started his career from Atlanta before moving to Fiorentina. He signed for Milan in 2012 and was soon given the club's captaincy.
Apart from captaining Milan, Riccardo also plays for the Italian National Team. Football lovers still remember his successful stint at Fiorentina where he started 219 times and scored 17 goals.
The Mexican defender turns 29 today. He started his career in his native country but was soon transferred to the Dutch side, AZ Alkmaar, where he earned a name for himself. His style attracted many clubs but Espanyol landed him in La Liga in 2011. After spending four seasons in Spain, he returned to Eredivisie with PSV in 2015. He has also represented Mexico 73 times, scoring 2 goals.
Arbeloa is a talented Spanish defender who is celebrating his 34th birthday today. A product of Real Madrid’s Youth System, Arbeloa was unable to find a place in the first team and he signed for Deportivo. However, after just six months he joined Liverpool. Spending 2 seasons in English Premier League with Liverpool, he returned to Real Madrid and was a regular. After six seasons, he signed with West Ham. He also has 56 national team appearances under his name.
The 34-year-old German Forward reflects loyalty as he joined Eintracht Frankfurt in 2004 and since then hasn’t left the club for any big-money move. He has more than 300 appearances for the club with more than 100 league goals. He was also the top scorer in Bundesliga in 2014-2015.
The Swiss Express, known for his athleticism and stamina, turns 33 today. The Swiss International plays for Juventus as Right Back and is known for his powerful runs. He started at Lille and later on moved to Lazio where he made a name for himself. He made a breakthrough move to Juventus In 2011, and the rest is history.
Pablo Zabelate, a name Man City fans can relate to, is celebrating his 32nd birthday today. The Argentinean International won two Premier Legaue titles with Man City and also won an Olympic Gold with Argentina. Before joining Man City, he played for Espanyol in La Liga where he won Copa Del Ray.
The very famous Danish striker, known for his time at Arsenal, turns 29 today. In 2004, he joined Arsenal but the Gunners were not ready to let him be a part of the first team, therefore, he was loaned to Birmingham. Though he came back but after four seasons was once again loaned to Sunderland and Juventus respectively. He played his last stint at Arsenal in 2014, and joined Wolfsburg the next season. He currently plays for Nottingham Forest. He has also represented Denmark 72 times scoring 29 goals.
The only player to be part of Colombia’s golden generation of Football, Mario Yepes, also known as “Super Mario” is celebrating his 41st birthday today. He has officially retired from professional football and is currently managing Deportivo Cali but as a player he enjoyed playing across the globe. However, he is most remembered for his time with PSG. He has earned 102 appearances for Colombia scoring six goals.
Adam Matthews is only 25 but extremely talented. A graduate of Cardiff City Youth Academy, he proved his mettle in his debut season. He played with Celtic and Sunderland but is currently playing his stint at Bristol City on loan from Sunderland. He has represented Wales and has earned 13 caps.
The Irish midfielder, who is celebrating his 32nd birthday today, started his pro-career with Manchester City but made only one appearance for the club. Stoke signed him in 2008 and that’s when he was introduced to the Premier League. He has also represented Republic of Ireland 78 times scoring 2 goals.
From being unknown to a Premier League heartthrob, Jamie Vardy celebrates his 30th birthday today. Before joining Leicester, the striker was literally an insignificant person but with the Foxes, he won the Premier League last season, which till date is one of the most outstanding fairy tales in football. His performances earned him a call for the national team and he represented England 14 times scoring 5 goals.
The new German sensation, Lorey Sané, turns 21 today. Before making his professional debut, he spent his time enhancing and excelling his skills with Bayern Leverkusen and Schalke. In 2014, Schalke introduced this outstanding talent to Bundesliga and only after a season, the world started chanting his name. Big clubs from across Europe wanted him but it was Pep Guardiola who won the bid to sign the German Wunderkind. He is still waiting for his opportunity to excel in the Premier League but has already made five appearances for Germany.
The 25-year-old Spanish right back is one of the finest in this position. A product of Real Madrid’s youth academy, Carvajal fought hard to make his way to the playing eleven. In his initial attempt, he failed to find a place in Real’s first team and was sold to Bayern Leverkusen in 2012. However, after a season, Real Madrid leveraging the buy-back clause brought the defender back to Bernabau. Since then, he has won two UEFA Champions League titles and a UEFA Super Cup as well. He is also a winner of Club World Cup. He has also represented Spain nine times.
The famous Italian full-back, who represented his country for a decade earning 73 caps and scoring one goal, turns 40 today. He started his professional career in 1995, but after struggling for four years, he was bought by Serie A side, AC Milan for €8 million. He spent almost his entire career at Milan. 13 years, 335 appearances and nine goals sum up Gatusso’s association with Milan. He wasn’t able to end his career there as he joined Sion before retiring from the game. He later on started coaching, but has yet to find a major break.
The Brazilian midfielder who his known for his box-to-box play is celebrating his 30th birthday today. He started his professional stint with his hometown club, Gremio, but only after one season, Liverpool landed him in the Premier Legaue for €5 million in 2007. He later on became one of Premier League’s premier defensive midfielders. He also represented Brazil, earning 24 caps.
The 21-year-old French defender is currently playing his second season as a professional footballer. He represents Toulouse in Ligue 1. Although he is new to the game but has impressed many with his defensive abilities. His performances reflect his ability to think and tackle, which shows that he can be an asset for France.
One of the most under-rated players in the Premier League, James Milner, is celebrating his 30th birthday today. A product of Leeds United youth setup, Milner was sent on loan to Swindon Town for one season and after coming back, he made a permanent move to Newcastle United in 2004. He joined Aston Villa on loan but after one season, the move was made permanent. His impressive run at Villa earned him a big money move to Manchester City where he enjoyed 5 outstanding seasons, winning two Premier League titles. In 2015, he joined Liverpool and is currently the club captain. He also appeared for England 61 times, scoring just one goal.
The only man to have a golden batch for club and country, Toni Kroos, turns 27 today. He was selected by Bayern Munich early in his career but after a season, was loaned to Bayern Leverkusen. However, he made a strong comeback to Bayern’s playing 11 and enjoyed four prolific seasons with the German Giants. A series of good performances earned him a move to Real Madrid where he won Champions Legaue and Club World Cup. He also appeared for his national side 74 times, scoring 12 goals and also winning the FIFA World Cup.
The French International had many setbacks in his career and the 31-year-old is currently playing at Watford as centre-back. He started with Ligue 1 side Auxerre and after three seasons was sold to Tottenham Hotspurs. However, after just one season Spurs sold him to Portsmouth but the team suffered relegation and he was recalled by Spurs. He played five seasons with Spurs in his second stint and joined Sunderland in 2015. However, Black Cats were unable to find a place for him at the back, so he left to join Watford in 2016. He also has five international caps to his name and has also scored a goal for France.
The young defensive midfielder hailing from Netherland turns 19 today. He is in the start of his career and has lot to prove but he has grabbed an extraordinary achievement early in his career by signing with Manchester United. Last season he made 8 appearances fro the club and this season.
The product of Lyon’s youth system, Loïc Remy is celebrating his 30th Birthday today. He started his career with Lyon in 2006 but was loaned to Lens in 2008. Later he signed with Nice and Marseille respectively and after a series of good performances joined QPR in the English Premier League. A spell at Newcastle earned him a permanent move to Chelsea. He is currently playing at Crystal Palace on loan.
The Italian left-back, Davide Santon started his career with Inter Milan turns 26 today. After few season with Inter he was loaned to Cesena and later on joined Newcastle on a permanent move. However, he wasn’t able to adapt the pace of English Premier League and returned to Inter Milan.